Councillors to get pay rise

Dunedin city councillors are to get a little extra in their pockets.

The pay rates of elected local government officials is set by the Remuneration Authority and its latest decision has been published in the agenda for a council meeting on Thursday.

The authority is increasing the pay for councillors and the mayor in two stages — one rise before the election and one following.

The first set of remuneration changes will be effective from July 1.

The total increase for councillors before the local body elections is between $838 and $1277.

After the election the total amount of remuneration spread between all councillors, excluding the mayor, will increase by $80,376.

After the election, the new council will be responsible for determining how the $80,376 will be spread between the councillors.

In the first stage, Mayor Aaron Hawkins will get a bump in salary, from $166,500 to $168,831.

After local body elections are complete, the mayoral salary will rise further to $172,378 per annum.

Other changes include small increases to travel allowances, hearing fees and other allowances.

The report is only for noting, as councillors do not have a say on how much they are paid.

--  cas.saunders@odt.co.nz

 

 

 

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