So the recommended pay increase would put Dunedin councillors
closer to the salaries of their counterparts in Tauranga, a
city of roughly the same size. And yet ...
Tauranga has fewer councillors and no boards, so an
appropriate question might be, how do the respective total
wage bills compare? Are the councillors' duties comparable in
the two cities? Is it possible Tauranga councillors are
overpaid relative to the work they do and the hours required?
No one can know from reading this article. And others may ask
even more questions. Those are answers we deserve.
The old saying is if you pay peanuts you get monkeys. If we
pay decent money we will attract competent business people
who will move Dunedin forward but unfortunately they would
not even look at this type of money.
So, like the recent obscene pay rises awarded to national
politicians by the Remuneration Authority, the DCC
Councillors apparently are not able to turn down the pay
rise. So, how many of thet current Councillors would be
prepared to donate this rise to the people of Nepal instead
of accepting it for themselves?
What really annoys me with these pay rises are the defenders
of these terrible decisions that come out and tell us we are
all wrong to attack this mammoth pay rise. Rubbish. I am sure
they deserve the pay rise, but so do the business owners and
their workers who are getting no pay rises, or small pay
rises, or even making losses in the Dunedin economy. Oh well,
no brainer for the councillors today to vote against the
"ethical" divestment from fossil fuels because we need that
money to pay the councillors, let alone the council debt!
An interesting read, as it seems many of you believe more pay
will bring in a more diverse range of councillors. Do you
mean having a Green Party member, green supporters, an
artist, a scrap merchant, some CBD shop retailers, ex-MPs and
an ex-TV host etc are not diverse enough? Or do you actually
people who are better qualified for the job? I can see sense
in that if you mean the latter.
I do agree it should be a full time job. It's very obvious
that doing this job 1/2 to 3/4 time is not working for the
city, as we are in a big financial mess that this currant set
and previous 20 years of councils have not been able to fix.
As for those of you who stated "im not in it for the money",
I'm delighted to hear that and I look forward to seeing you
deposit your pay to the charity known as the long suffering
DCC ratepayers. I thank you in advance - as I'm sure we all
do - for your donation.