15 August 2010
Mayoral candidate Chris Turver says it’s thanks to persistence by election candidates that new facts are emerging about Council expenditure at a time of increasing rates and staff salaries.
He says he’s disappointed Mayor Rowan has chosen to get into personality politics by criticising the efforts of himself and districtwide candidate Mike Cardiff to get to the bottom of high costs.
“This is not just about the huge staff salary cost or the cars they drive but the culture of unremitting rate increases that stems from this Council’s approach to try to please everybody.”
Mr Turver says it’s not the staff who are being criticised for this culture but the elected representatives who have failed to set tight enough policy to control expenditure.
People are already complaining about the recent average rate increase of almost 7.0 percent and yet the out-going Council has approved further rate increases of 9.9 percent next year, 10.5 percent in 2012-13, and 9.5 percent in 2013-14.
Mr Turver says voters will have the option in October of changing the spend-and-bust approach of the present Mayor and Council.