Phil Goff, elected on a platform of cutting out wasteful spending and low rates, has failed to keep his promises and will have no alternative but to put up rates to pay for this lavish spending by his bureaucrats because he has maxed out the credit card already and cannot increase debt.
The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance had this to say.
Council's disgraceful wage bill shows lack of leadership
Auckland Council’s failure to adhere to its own wage budget has seen the payroll bill blow out to $853 million in the last financial year and Auckland ratepayers now paying 6% more this year for Council salaries. A staggering 52% of rates are now used by the Council just to pay staff.
Jo Holmes, Spokesperson for the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance, says:
“Phil Goff and the councillors who were elected on a platform of tackling the Council’s wasteful habits look to be failing. They’re all blaming the CEO and ducking for cover instead of leading from the front and cutting wasteful spending.”
“In 2017, the number of staff Auckland Council paid a salary of over $200,000 has increased by 25% to 194 staff. That alone is a disgrace.”
This is the sixth year in a row that the staff budget has blown out. 52% of your rates now goes on salaries. If you add ever increasing interest repayments onto its massive debts you can understand why there is precious left for core services. These are being cut to the bone as potholes as big as caves puncture our streets while you now have to pay extra for your rubbish collections.
Whilst it is unlikely any of his Labour led Councillors will revolt against the proposed 6% or more rates rise, Goff is taking no chances. Buoyed by the success of Labour in the general election in the race-based Maori seats, Goff and his Labour cabal are now going to impose two additional race based Maori seats on Council. This should bolster his Labour majority around the Council tables. It also means additional ratepayers money being lavished on Councillor salaries. They will of course keep the race-based Independent (joke!) Maori Statutory Board with its undemocratic, unelected representatives.
Nobody is better versed in ways to waste our money than a Labour politician.