Elected officers paid $310,000

Waitaki ratepayers paid their 10 district councillors and Mayor Alex Familton a total of $301,000 in remuneration and travel allowances last financial year, $20,000 more than in the previous year.

Total remuneration for its chief executive, Michael Ross, was $234,649 in the 2009-10 financial year, compared with $227,843 the year before.

In addition, Mr Ross was paid for two appointments by the council to boards of directors - $8296 from the Waitaki Development Board and $6000 from the North Otago Irrigation Company.

Details of payments to councillors and Mr Ross are in the council's 2009-10 annual report.

Mr Familton's remuneration was $72,000, compared with $69,000 in the 2008-09 financial year.

Payments to councillors (with the previous year in parentheses) were:
Struan Munro $37,000 ($36,000), deputy mayor Gary Kircher $25,000 ($23,000), Pam Spite $24,000 ($23,000), Peter Twiss $23,000 ($21,000), Alistair Mavor $23,000 ($21,000), Kathy Dennison $23,000 ($18,000), Rod Bidois $19,000 ($18,000), Peter Garvan $19,000 ($18,000), Jim Hopkins $18,000 ($17,000), Helen Stead $18,000 ($17,000).

Crs Munro, Kircher, Spite, Twiss, Mavor and Bidois are no longer on the council, either not seeking re-election or not being re-elected in last month's local body elections.

Councillors who lived further away from Oamaru, such as Crs Munro and Dennison, received higher payments because of travel allowances.

The report shows the council paid out a total of $784,000 to employees, compared with $778,000 in the previous financial year.

- david.bruce@odt.co.nz


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