The Herald reports:
The latest council figures show fulltime equivalent staff numbers have risen from 9678 to 9870 between the 2015 and 2016 financial years. This is a rise of 192 staff.
Salaries and wages have risen from $771 million to $803 million, although this includes $20 million of staff costs previously budgeted as operating costs.
The net increase of $12 million is an improvement on last year’s $63 million blowout in staff costs.
Since the Super City was formed in 2010, fulltime equivalent staff numbers have risen from 8207 and wage costs have climbed from $615 million.
This is all a choice. Ratepayers should vote for candidates who are determined to reduce costs and staff levels.