One of the Auckland councillors who voted for the 9.9% rates rise, and is the target of the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance campaign against stupid council spending, Penny Webster, has some very, very interesting expense claims.
Somehow, Cr Webster managed to claim more than the Mayor, and about four-and-a-half times as much as other councillors. This is all according to Auckland Council’s own figures.
Under the requirements of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 details of elected member’s travel, accommodation, meals, mobile phone and other claimed expenses and allowances must be made available publicly. Auckland Council update this information every six months via their website.
Auckland Council have an expense policy describing the reimbursement of costs incurred by elected members carrying out legitimate council duties, including any travel and subsistence costs. Read more »