Chomping through ratepayer money

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November 8, 2018

Community board members have munched through simply over $49,000 of biscuits, sweet and savouries given that they were elected.That is the catering expense ratepayers have funded for community board meetings given that the election in 2016. The most significant spender was Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Neighborhood Board.The nine members have actually consumed food to the value of $10,000.Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community

Board chairman Mike Mora protected the expenses.He said catering at conferences is a”need.”Community boards satisfy every 2 to 3 weeks, however take a recess from January to December.”I do not believe it’s ideal

for people sitting for 2 or 3 hours with cravings discomforts,”Mr Mora said.Mr Mora said the food was likewise readily available to city council team member and members of the public who attended conferences.” Personally, I believe

it’s for the larger benefit of everybody who attends the meeting to be able to have a sandwich, a savoury or a bit of fruit

,” Mr Mora said.Board deputy chairwoman Helen Broughton was”shocked “to discover her board was the leading spender.She stated the board will go over the food expenditures in 2 weeks.” We’re going to

need to have a major conversation– does it continue at all or does it continue at a lower level?”Ms Broughton said.”It’s far too much to be costs,” she said.Ms Broughton likewise said the board never made it clear to members of the general public participating in conferences they could share in the food.Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board invested the least on catering.The board only caters for meetings

which have a”substantial” agenda or if it is combined with other boards.Chairman Sam MacDonald said the board decided early into its present term that catering conferences was not a good use of ratepayers’cash.”I believe the truth is that in any workplace, [catering is] not something that’s easily available or easily provided.” Mr MacDonald stated the food that’s generally provided are biscuits and lollies.”We were just cognisant of the truth that in the end, we represent the neighborhood and are results focused and we need to be mindful with ratepayers’ funds,”Mr MacDonald said.A variety of caterers are utilized by the community boards, and in some cases the food is acquired from grocery stores, city council head of neighborhood assistance, governance and collaboration John Filsell said.WHAT HAS BEEN SPENT ON FOOD: Banks Peninsula Neighborhood Board 2016/17:$3399.56 2017/18:$ 3709 2018/19:$1092.98 Total:$8201.54 Coastal-Burwood Community Board 2016/17:$3668.53 2017/18:$ 3687.73 2018/19: $1647.76 Overall:$9004.02 Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board 2016/17:$1616.78 2017/18:$742.57 2018/19:$ 363.73 Total:$ 2723.08 Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board 2016/17:$ 4495.46 2017/18:$4515.04 2018/19:$1061.75 Total: $10,072.25 Linwood-Central-Heathcote Neighborhood Board 2016/17

:$2634.90 2017/18:$4574.60 2018/19:$

1429.64 Overall:$8639.14

Papanui-Innes Neighborhood Board 2016/17:$2371 2017/18: $2606 2018/19

:$331 Overall:$5308 Spreydon-Cashmere Neighborhood Board 2016/17:$2328.83

2017/18: $2484.44

2018/19: $900 Total: $5713.27

Total from 2016/17 to October 2018/19:$49,661.30

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