The Herald reports:
Auckland Mayor Len Brown spent $3.73 million running the mayoral office in the past financial year, 10 per cent less than the allowable budget of $4.152 million.
Mr Brown’s office today pro-actively released details about his office spend following an Official Information Act request from councillor Cameron Brewer.
The figures show the mayoral office spent $2.32 million on salaries for 21 fulltime and part-time staff – an average of about $110,000 per mayoral staffer.
21 staff is too many for a mayoral office.
By comparison the Prime Minister’s Office has 25 staff. And the NZ Government is around 40 times bigger than the Auckland Council.
A Mayor does need some staff – a comms person, a policy person, an EA etc. But 21 is way too many.