Editorial - Tuesday, November 12: Transparency is best

COMING from a council reporting background, I was a little surprised to hear councillor expenses weren't itemised.

At previous local government areas I have reported in, those expenses and meeting attendances were put out there as a matter of course.

I have to admit I never actually came across anything I thought was unjustified.

If anything, most of the time I thought it showed what the local councillors were putting on the line - how much time they spent serving the ratepayers and how little remuneration they really received when you worked out what they did.

But just because year after year the expenses and attendance reports showed this, it didn't mean there wasn't a need for that transparency.

Today the council considers whether or not to put these reports out there as recommended by general manager Scott Greensill.

And I agree with Mr Greensill's report that it will probably show how little they get for what they do. But at least we'll know that - and that's what being transparent is all about.

Shannon Newley



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