Coun­cil bonus pay gets ap­proval

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

Newly-elected Palmer­ston North city coun­cil­lor Karen Nay­lor has launched into ac­tion with a bid to cut coun­cil­lors’ pay.

Her at­tempt to prune about $8000 from the coun­cil’s re­mu­ner­a­tion pack­age at the coun­cil’s first busi­ness meet­ing was un­suc­cess­ful.

She said while the dol­lar sav­ings would have been small, it would have sent a sig­nif­i­cant mes­sage to the pub­lic that coun­cil­lors would lead by ex­am­ple in ef­forts to find sav­ings and keep rates down.

‘‘I be­lieve we will be need­ing to make some dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions in this term of coun­cil.

‘‘We will be ex­pect­ing oth­ers to show some fi­nan­cial re­straint and find sav­ings.

‘‘It would send a re­ally pos­i­tive mes­sage to the com­mu­nity if we were pre­pared to do this.’’

Sec­ond-term coun­cil­lor Aleisha Ruther­ford said she com­pletely op­posed the cut.

She said while be­ing a coun­cil­lor was not tra­di­tional em­ploy­ment, for many, it was their full­time work.

‘‘We should value the work­force of elected mem­bers. The re­mu­ner­a­tion should re­flect their time, skill and com­mit­ment.’’

Mayor Grant Smith also spoke against Nay­lor’s pro­posal.

He said he un­der­stood what she was try­ing to achieve, but pay­ing hard-work­ing coun­cil­lors some­thing like what they were worth was im­por­tant.

‘‘Last term we all worked very hard and earned ev­ery cent.

‘‘There are bet­ter ways of re­duc­ing coun­cil ex­pen­di­ture.’’

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