Jus­tify spend­ing on staff

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

I am amused by the Waipa¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil CEO’s at­tempt to jus­tify Coun­cil’s of­fer to give in­ter­est-free loans to staff to pur­chase E-bikes.

The CEO sug­gests that it is en­cour­ag­ing staff to stay healthy and cy­cle to work.

If a se­lect few well-paid coun­cil staff need to take up this of­fer then Coun­cil has a big prob­lem: a) Un­healthy staff; b) It sends the wrong mes­sage that Coun­cil are pro­tect­ing and serv­ing its own rather than the wider com­mu­nity;

c) Coun­cil not be­ing trans­par­ent to the com­mu­nity;

d) Di­vert­ing funds from key ar­eas to pro­vide Coun­cil Staff perks.

If the CEO stopped to think about his state­ments, he would re­alise that they are so far re­moved from the truth.

It’s not healthy rid­ing (not cy­cling) an E-bike, as the mo­tor does most of the work. It would be cheaper and health­ier to use a nor­mal bike.

Coun­cil lacks trans­parency. Which bud­get is the money com­ing from that only serves a se­lect few coun­cil staff. This was never part of the 10 Year Plan or dis­cre­tionary fund­ing.

Has money been di­verted from the bud­get to rec­tify Te Awa­mutu’s wa­ter is­sues?

The cost to ratepay­ers is a lot more than what’s dis­closed. What about all the lost in­ter­est that should be charged.

Again, it would make much more sense to put on a lo­cal bus ser­vice that’s in­cluded in the 10 year Plan that would bet­ter ser­vice the wider com­mu­nity, this would save more car park spa­ces and be far more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly.

HAYDEN WOODS

(Abridged)

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