Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Mayoral costs on rise, submissions on budget close Monday

Mayoral costs on rise, public submissions on budget close tomorrow
 
Auckland Mayor Len Brown’s office is costing Auckland ratepayers nearly $10,000 a day to run with total annual expenditure for its second year up 8.3% and travel costs up a staggering 435%.
 
Auckland Councillor for Orakei Cameron Brewer requested the official information for the second year running. He says the Mayor is clearly not walking his talk of council constraint and cut-backs.
 
“He’s going around assuring people that he’s supposedly prudent, but his own office costs point to some worrying escalation in the past couple of years.
 
“The Mayor’s Office gives itself a pat on the back for supposedly coming under budget for the second year running, but it’s able to do this because the money it is allocated is way too excessive to start with.”
 
The Mayor’s Office is asking for $4,994,000* in the council’s latest draft budget, with public submissions closing tomorrow.
 
“He doesn’t need $4.9m but that’s what he’s asking for and no doubt it will help him come under budget again. He may keep coming under budget, but the stark reality is the costs to run the Mayor’s Office are on the rise, and substantially in parts. At the same time, he is cutting core council services like no longer mowing council-owned roadside grass verges in the old Auckland City area from 1 July.”
 
Actual total Mayoral Office expenditure was $3,507,000 for the 12 months to 1 November 2012 up 8.3% from $3,238,202 in the previous year, excluding his own remuneration.
 
In the same 12 months Mayoral Office travel expenditure increased from over $29,000 to $157,000 - an increase of 435% which excludes any costs associated with the Mayor’s car. The cost of salaries for his staff of over 20 people has gone up by 15.4% to over $2m, while the reported cost of cellphones and office telecommunications has gone up by 200% from over $7,900 to $23,800.
 
“This is not any ordinary office, this is a ratepayer-funded campaign machine and people wonder why no one’s prepared to stand against him and his army of advisors and consultants.”
 
Mr Brewer says if people are not happy with the Mayor’s increasing costs or the proposed $4.9m budget to run the Mayoral Office in election year, they need to have their say on the 2013/14 Draft Annual Plan by 4pm, tomorrow – Monday, 25 February.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Digital Evolution: Scoop Independent News Launches "Operation Chrysalis"

From today Scoop is beginning a process of public consultation with the political, business and civil society groups it has served for the past 15 and a half years.

"It is hoped that in time - with new leadership and increased community engagement - the chrysalis will incubate a new kind of Scoop, one which can sustainably continue Scoop's Mission 'to be an agent of positive change'", says Scoop Founder, Editor and Publisher Alastair Thompson.

"As big publishing shrivels, public participation in contributing and spreading news has grown. Scoop has evolved with this wave by providing an independent platform, committed to upholding democracy, providing a voice to all, and providing the public easy access to information about decisions which affect them." More>>

 

Parliament Adjourns:

Greens: CAA Airport Door Report Conflicts With Brownlee’s Claims

The heavily redacted report into the incident shows conflicting versions of events as told by Gerry Brownlee and the Christchurch airport security staff. The report disputes Brownlee’s claim that he was allowed through, and states that he instead pushed his way through. More>>

ALSO:

TAIC: Final Report On Grounding Of MV Rena

Factors that directly contributed to the grounding included the crew:
- not following standard good practice for planning and executing the voyage
- not following standard good practice for navigation watchkeeping
- not following standard good practice when taking over control of the ship. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On The Pakistan Schoolchildren Killings

The slaughter of the children in Pakistan is incomprehensibly awful. On the side, it has thrown a spotlight onto something that’s become a pop cultural meme. Fans of the Homeland TV series will be well aware of the collusion between sections of the Pakistan military/security establishment on one hand and sections of the Taliban of the other… More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Satire:
The Politician’s Song

am a perfect picture of the modern politic-i-an:
I don’t precisely have a plan so much as an ambition;
‘Say what will sound most pleasant to the public’ is my main dictum:
And when in doubt attack someone who already is a victim More>>

ALSO:

Flight: Review Into Phillip Smith’s Escape Submitted To Government

The review follows an earlier operational review by the Department of Corrections and interim measures put in place by the Department shortly after prisoner Smith’s escape, and will inform the Government Inquiry currently underway. More>>

ALSO:

Intelligence: Inspector-General Accepts Apology For Leak Of Report

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has accepted an unreserved apology from Hon Phil Goff MP for disclosing some of the contents of her recent Report into the Release of Information by the NZSIS in July and August 2011 to media prior to its publication. The Inspector-General will not take the matter any further. More>>

ALSO:

Drink: Alcohol Advertising Report Released

The report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship has been released today, with Ministers noting that further work will be required on the feasibility and impact of the proposals. More>>

ALSO:

Other Report:

Leaked Cabinet Papers: Treasury Calls For Health Cuts

Leaked Cabinet papers that show that Government has been advised to cut the health budget by around $200 million is ringing alarm bells throughout the nursing and midwifery community. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news