The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance has released the inaugural Auckland Town Hall Rich List.
This is not a list of everyone earning over $70,000 (the top tax rate) or $100,000 or $150,000 or even $200,000.
It is restricted to those who earn more than a Minister outside Cabinet, or $250,000.
There are 86 staff (well 85 plus the Mayor) at the Council and CCOs earning more than a Minister. By brackets we have:
- Six earning $500,000 or more
- Three earning $400,000 to $500,000
- 39 earning $300,000 to $400,000
- 38 earning $250,000 to $300,000
So seven are paid more than the Prime Minister and 48 staff are paid more than the Mayor.
In the UK the Essex County Council (same pop as Auckland) has only 28 staff paid more than NZ$250k.
Does Auckland need 85 staff (and the Mayor) earning over $250,000? I don’t think so.