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Tuesday
Aug222017

Comaparative Information On Our Council 

Here is useful information prepared in regard to our Council by the Taxpayers' Union, whose excellent work I freely acknowledge in reproducing this information. 

There are some remarkable insights to be gained here, but in particular, I draw your attention to our ranking at No. 8 outof 27 on the Provincial Councils rates list - our average is $2481. 

But what is significant that on almost every scale of expenditure we rank significantly below the average. So, that being the case, why are our rates so high? We are only 'gold plated' on the number of employees earning over $100,000 (30), and the amount paid to our CEO ($350,000), But that does not account for the imbalance between expenditure and rates.

This is something, along with other anomolies that that we need to look into, and I will be doing so as time allows. In the meantime, our Council could do itself a favour by undertaking and publishing its own analysis of the information published by the Taxpayers' Union. It is not difficult to pinpoint the anomalies, and since it has already been published elsewhere, it would certainly add to desirable transparency were it to undertake such action.

At the same time, it could refute any conclusions arrived at by the Union with which it disagrees, and we would have the opportunity to judge the veracity of the information. This would also balance the paucity of information that flows from our auditors - both internal and external, and that our Audit Committee appears to regard as 'private & confidential.' 

We owe a debt of gratitude to the Tax[payer's Union for publishing this infomation, E & OE. ('errors and ommissions excepted,' for the uninitiated!

Mayoral remuneration

Thames-Coromandel District  $104,119

Average for provincial councils $114,940

National average $109,020

CEO Remuneration

Thames-Coromandel District $351,659

Average for provincial councils $302,606

National average $285,094

Average councillor remuneration

Thames-Coromandel District $38,054

Average for provincial councils $36,109

National average $36,534

Personnel (staff) costs per ratepayer - council

Thames-Coromandel District $664

Average for provincial councils $1,218

National average $1,220

Financing (borrowing) costs per ratepayer – council

Thames-Coromandel District $114

Average for provincial councils $299

National average $264

Total operating expenses per ratepayer – council

Thames-Coromandel District $3,253

Average for provincial councils $5,542

National average $5,705

Advertising spending (total)

Thames-Coromandel District $125,151

Average for provincial councils $214,170

National average $258,894

Revenue per ratepayer – group

Thames-Coromandel District $3,659

Average for Provincial Councils $7,241

National average $7,251

Personnel (staff) costs per ratepayer – group

Thames-Coromandel District $664

Average for provincial councils $1,410

National average $1,539

Financing (borrowing) costs per ratepayer – group

Thames-Coromandel District $114

Average for provincial councils $312

National average $285

Total operating expenses per ratepayer – group

Thames-Coromandel District $3,253

Average for provincial councils $5,939

National average $6,102

Total assets per ratepayer – group

Thames-Coromandel District $57,963

Average for provincial councils $87,943

National average $96,979

Total liabilities per ratepayer – group

Thames-Coromandel District $2,770

Average for provincial councils $7,239

National average $6,989

Total equity per ratepayer – group

Thames-Coromandel District $55,194

Average for provincial councils $80,704

National average $89,989

Staff

Number of staff: 201

Staff earning over $100,000: 30

Proportion of staff earning over $100,000:

Thames-Coromandel District 15%

Average for provincial councils 10%

National average 9%

Performance-Related dismissals in last 12 months: No information!

Audit and Risk Oversight

Audit and risk committees provide ratepayers with improved assurance of value and financial risk management. We asked Councils whether they follow best practise in having independent members, and input from at least one lawyer and accountant, and an independent chairperson on their audit and risk committee.

Number of members on the Audit and Risk Committee: 6

Independent member of Audit and Risk Committee: Yes

Lawyer on Audit and Risk Committee: No

Accountant on Audit and Risk Committee: Yes

Independent chair of Audit and Risk Committee: No

Code of conduct requiring political neutrality: Yes

Ratepayers’ Report is free for anyone to use, however we ask that any republication of the data be attributed to the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.

 

 


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Reader Comments (2)

So, with staff costs per ratepayer only half the average for other provincial councils there is absolutely no reason why our Council cannot pay a living wage to all its workers. https://teggtalk.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/living-wage-for-council-workers/

August 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDenis Tegg

Can';t argue with that!

August 23, 2017 | Registered CommenterBill Barclay

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