Moira Shire Council has reviewed its councillor expenses and allowances.By Jessica Grimble
Moira Shire Council has reviewed its councillor expenses and allowances.
Cr Alex Monk moved a motion at the council’s July meeting to review the expenses in light of a 3.5 per cent rate rise in the 2013-14 budget.
The review, and a report of the councillor professional development budget, was presented to the council’s latest meeting in Strathmerton last week.
Cr Monk acknowledged she had claimed significant training expenses which included overnight stays for conferences and study.
She said it was important residents were aware of the expenditure and claims councillors made.
She said councillors had access to a range of benefits additional to their allowance — including electrical equipment such as iPads and mobile phones, and professional development and conference allowances.
The council’s finance team had recommended a six per cent rate rise in the latest budget.
Councillors eventually passed an alternative motion to raise rates by 3.5 per cent. The motion was passed 5-4
‘‘Right back during budget time the rate rise was reduced (from a proposed six per cent) to 3.5 per cent. Cuts have to be made in the organisation in varying areas. It was prudent councillors looked at their own expenditure,’’ Cr Monk said.
A review of a budget for councillor professional development will reduce the budget for councillors from $6000 to $5000 per year. The mayoral allowance is reduced from $10
A report on council expenses is available on the council’s website and shows councillor allowances, travel reimbursements and other reimbursements made from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.
The council voted in February to retain a councillor allowance of $22
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