Pay rates rise for Tasman District councillors

Councillors of the newly elected Tasman District Council get down to business.
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Councillors of the newly elected Tasman District Council get down to business.

The elected representatives of the new Tasman District Council are set to receive a higher salary than their predecessors.

Determined by the Remuneration Authority before the election, the 2016-17 salary for re-elected Tasman mayor Richard Kempthorne is $132,378, up from $129,719 which he received in the year to June 30.

Re-elected deputy mayor Tim King looks set to get a salary of $47,470, up from $46,540 in 2015-16.

Richard Kempthorne

Richard Kempthorne

As chairmen of the engineering services and community development standing committees respectively, Cr Stuart Bryant and Cr Peter Canton will each receive $43,819, as determined by the Remuneration Authority. The councillors who led the standing committees last year received $42,960.

The salary for a base councillor has been set at $36,516, up from $35,800 in the year to June 30.

At their meeting last week, the councillors agreed to request approval from the Remuneration Authority for the chairmen of the commercial, and audit and risk committees to receive remuneration at 1.1 times the base councillor salary.

Tim King

Tim King

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The Remuneration Authority is a statutory body that sets councillors' remuneration and the maximum amounts for allowances. It also reviews and approves each council's Policy for Elected Members' Allowances and Recovery of Expenses.

The Remuneration Authority determines elected members' remuneration prior to each triennial election.

For TDC's two community boards, the Remuneration Authority determined a Motueka Community Board member will receive $6936 for 2016-17 while the chairperson is set to get $13,872. Over the Takaka Hill, a Golden Bay Community Board member is to collect $6222 while the chairperson will receive $12,444. 

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With some limitations, additional payments are made to councillors involved in resource consent hearings. This includes payment for some preparation time and hearing time.

The current rate is $100 an hour for the chairperson and $80 per hour for members pro-rata. Separate payments are also made for district licensing committee work. These are determined by the Minister of Justice in accordance with the Cabinet fees framework.
 

The chairperson's rate is $624 per day ($78 per hour for part days) and members receive $408 per day ($51 per hour for part days). 

Under the TDC Policy for Elected Members' Allowances and Recovery of Expenses, councillors and community board members can make mileage claims for travel on council or community board business.

The policy also outlines other expenses that can be claimed such as travel and accommodation costs.

 

 - Stuff

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