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Would councillors take a pay cut for

Would city councillors

going to get people that are going

to give really politically correct

be happy to give

answers when what they are

away a portion of their

wanting to say is no, but they

salaries to increase the

will go well I might consider it

because they don’t want to offend

remuneration of Banks

anyone,” he said.

Peninsula Community

Cr Gough had his concerns

Board members? Louis

over cutting salaries.

Day reports

“My only caution with that

is salary is going to be a factor

SIX-FIGURE-earning city

James Gough in attracting good quality

councillors will have to consider

candidates,” he said.

sacrificing some of their salaries

“I would caution against low

to boost the pay of community

remuneration for a councillors

board members.

role.”

The Remuneration Authority,

City councillor David East

which sets the pay of city

said it was a “cop out” from the

councillors and community

Remuneration Authority.

board members, said if

“Would they [the

community board remuneration

Remuneration Authority] be

was to be increased, it would

happy to cut their salary to make

have to come from the money

the remuneration of community

allocated towards the salaries of

boards any better?” he said.

city councillors.

David East City councillor Tim Scandrett

After the elections, councils

said he would vote to keep things

FINANCE: The majority of city councillors say they would be open to discussing cutting their

around New Zealand will make

the way they were.

own salaries to increase the pay of community board members.

proposals on the allocation of

He felt community board

their governance pools, deciding

members, including those of the

on the salaries of city councillors

They receive $9670 a year and not seek reelection because of The majority said they would Banks Peninsula Community

and if any money from the pool

say it is not enough considering what they are paid.

be open to discussing a pay cut Board were fairly remunerated.

will be put aside for community

the time and travel they put into City councillors are paid to increase the remuneration of “Although they [Banks

board members, which will be

the work.

$102,400 a year, Deputy Mayor community board members. Peninsula Community Board

finalised by the authority.

The current remuneration Andrew Turner receives $118,220 However, potential mayoral members] travel a lot they do

Banks Peninsula Community

model is set by population, and Mayor Lianne Dalziel is on candidate and city councillor have less people deal with,” he

Board members have complained

so community boards with $193,099.

James Gough disagreed and said.

about what they are paid in

bigger populations get better Bay Harbour News asked city accused his colleagues of being Cr Turner said he would

comparison to other community

remuneration.

councillors last week what they dishonest.

support a decision to sacrifice

boards.

Half of the board say they may thought of the new pay system. “Over election year you are part of the salaries.

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