Updated post 16.12.13
Comment at ODT Online:
Submitted by topsy on Mon, 16/12/2013 – 1:08am.
“council’s senior managers met the cost of alcohol personally”. Not 100% clear on this comment. Did the managers pay from their own pocket ? Or did they each pay from their respective department’s personal budget, as opposed to the bill being paid by the DCC as a lump sum?
ODT reports “a budget-conscious Christmas party (12 December), with senior managers picking up the booze bill”; you paid for free nibbles (350 pax) and entertainment, and the venue (DPAG not available for external commercial hireage). Cost to ratepayers not including the venue estimated as $2530.
Last ODT reports “Mayor Dave Cull, councillors and members of the council’s executive leadership team, together with their partners, enjoyed a Christmas function in Middlemarch” (8 December). This was tied to “a teambuilding exercise and familiarisation trip for new councillors”. You paid for bike hire ($360), a barbeque ($875; “partially BYO”), bus travel (no figure), and train travel to Pukerangi (care of Taieri Gorge Railway, a council-controlled trading organisation). Total cost to ratepayers unknown.
The mayor, Liability Cull says the council “as an good employer, wanted to acknowledge the festive season without ”penny-pinching” but while being responsible…Clearly we are being very prudent, as we should be.”
You paid for these —unsurprisingly, one was held on Kate Wilson’s turf.
Could you call these a spree?
Were either of the events necessary?
The councillors and staff do receive rather excellent pay.
Why would we pay for partners?
Is this gravytrain or sleazy or important?
How many reading this have got $360 to spend on recreational bike hire, and altogether don’t mind their rates being used this way?
Think about this at your next potluck or porridge day held at home.
Was this unwise, something you would rather not happen?
Could the council have volunteered its collective resources to the community in a way that adds value, outside council work hours (for example, a working bee)?
What is team building – isn’t that cemented into all council work, every day?
Community fundraiser, really?
We should generously embrace this very minor self-entitled ‘bonus’?
Or not sneeze?
Link to ODT story
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