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Councillors voted 7-4 against inviting the next highest polling Dunedin constituency candidate to fill the gap the resignation created at the Otago Regional Council for the remainder of the term.
So Ms Hobbs’ remaining annual salary of $62,000 was divided evenly between the remaining 10 councillors, excluding council chairman Andrew Noone, as per the rules set out by the Remuneration Authority.
The result riled some commenters.
Among the rebukes councillors received, one Otago Daily Times reader called councillors "a bunch of money-grabbing hypocrites".
However, Crs Bryan Scott, Michael Laws, Alexa Forbes, and Hilary Calvert all confirmed they were not keeping the money.
Cr Scott, who unsuccessfully led the attempt to replace Ms Hobbs with the next highest polling candidate from the 2019 election, approached the ODT in the days after the November meeting to say he would be donating his additional income.
He subsequently confirmed he had set up a direct credit for $140 per fortnight to the Salvation Army Dunedin food bank from yesterday until September 21 next year to reallocate the salary as "a matter of principle".
"With important decisions on resource issues such as water, each vote counts," Cr Scott said.
Cr Calvert also said she would be donating to the food bank.
Cr Forbes said the money would go to environmental organisations she supported but also to an organisation that supported and promoted te reo and te ao Maori.
Cr Laws said he always gave his net salary to charitable or community purposes.
Cr Kevin Malcolm did not say he would donate the money, but instead said the additional remuneration would ensure he could continue to work with the Waitaki Event Centre Trust to establish a Waitaki Event Centre in Oamaru.
Cr Gary Kelliher said he did not publicly discuss donations if he made them.
Crs Gretchen Robertson, Michael Deaker, Carmen Hope and Kate Wilson did not respond.
Neither did Mr Noone, but as chairman, he did not receive any additional remuneration.