Coun­cil­lor pay rises de­cided af­ter rul­ing from Re­mu­ner­a­tion Author­ity

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

The re­mu­ner­a­tion in­creases for South Waikato district coun­cil­lors have been fi­nalised.

Dur­ing last Thurs­day’s coun­cil meet­ing coun­cil­lors ap­proved the pro­posed change in the distri­bu­tion of the coun­cil­lor re­mu­ner­a­tion pool af­ter the death of coun­cil­lor Bar­rie Her­lihy.

Mayor Neil Sin­clair said: ‘‘ We have had the rul­ing from the Re­mu­ner­a­tion Author­ity.

‘‘If we had have ac­tu­ally ap­pointed some­one to fill that, the sad pass­ing of Coun­cil­lor Her­lihy, if we had of ap­pointed some­one there, [they] would have au­to­mat­i­cally picked up that money.’’

Had coun­cil ap­pointed an in­di­vid­ual to fill the va­cancy, they would not have started un­til next month.

Af­ter the mo­tion was moved and sec­onded, deputy mayor Jenny Shat­tock told her col­leagues she would do­nate her in­crease to the Sal­va­tion Army.

‘‘I know there has been a lot of emo­tion out there, and I don’t usu­ally do this and I could been seen to be grand­stand­ing but I am go­ing to let the rest of the elected mem­bers know that my in­crease from coun­cil­lor Her­lihy, I have al­ready set up an au­to­matic pay­ment and the to­tal amount will be go­ing to the Sal­va­tion Army. So, I usu­ally don’t tell peo­ple what I do with my salary but I know that there are oth­ers of you who are do­ing the same.’’

The ap­proved in­creases will see the deputy mayor po­si­tion held by Mrs Shat­tock re­ceiv­ing the largest in­crease per elected mem­ber from from $26,436 to $29,118.

Cor­po­rate and En­vi­ron­ment, Com­mu­nity and As­sets and Hear­ings Com­mit­tees chair­man Her­man van Rooi­jen’s salary will in­crease from $25,080 to $27,624, and Grants Com­mit­tee chair coun­cil­lor Brenda Watkins salary will move from $ 21,349 to $23,515. Other coun­cil­lors’ salary rises from $18,889 to $20,805.

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