Pay hikes for mayor, councillors

JANINE RANKIN
Last updated 12:00 01/07/2014

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Palmerston North Mayor Jono Naylor will exchange a $128,500 pay package for a $147,800 back bench salary if his bid for Parliament in September is successful and prompts his resignation.

The city council received yesterday the Remuneration Authority's determination on what the mayor and councillors should be paid. For the mayor, it is a 3.27 per cent increase, made up of $124,816 in pay, and the $3684 calculation of the value of private use of the mayoral car - about 20 per cent of its use.

The payment levels are set by the authority based on each council's size, population statistics and expenses. An allowance was built in to reflect general levels of wage growth from year to year.

The pay rise for councillors is slightly less than the mayor's, at 2.86 per cent.

The basic councillor salary will go up from $38,400 to $39,500.

For the three main committee chairs, the increase is from $44,160 to $45,425, while the chairman of audit and risk, which only meets quarterly, gets an increase from $41,280 to $42,462, the same as the chair of the hearings committee.

Deputy Mayor Jim Jefferies gets an increase from $49,650 to $51,072.

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