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Defeated Porirua Mayor told to repay spending on his council fuel card

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The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is calling on outgoing Porirua Mayor Mike Tana to repay money clocked up on his ratepayer-funded fuel card for personal travel.

The Ernst and Young report released yesterday reveals that, within less than three months, Mike Tana used his ratepayer-funded fuel mileage for 1,820km of personal travel, including five round trips to Palmerston North to transport his son.

Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “Based on the Remuneration Authority’s 73-cent-per-kilometre compensation rate, Mayor Tana would have charged $1,328 in personal mileage to the ratepayer.”

“This level of private benefit from a ratepayer-funded fuel card is not reasonable. Running small personal errands in the work car is one thing, but if you’re embarking on a three-and-a-half hour drive for family reasons, you’d be pretty bold to charge that to your employer.

“In this case, the employer is the poor old Porirua ratepayer, and Mayor Tana chose to whack ratepayers not once, but on five separate occasions in just a couple of months.

“There’s a simple way for Mayor Tana to clear his reputation: pay the money back. It’s not a huge sum, but it’s the decent thing to do.”

2 comments:

  1. Chris Calvi-Freeman, 16. October 2019, 20:16

    Too bad the Taxpayers’ Union can only ask, not tell. And any money refunded (not that any should necessarily need to be), would of course go to the government, not the Taxpayers’ Union. Too bad for the latter, as they are apparently financially bankrupt, in addition of course to just morally and intellectually.

    Meanwhile, I feel really sorry for Mike Tana. A great guy, stitched up royally just before the election. A nasty, dirty trick.

     
  2. Adam, 17. October 2019, 10:21

    Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “Based on the Remuneration Authority’s 73-cent-per-kilometre compensation rate, Mayor Tana would have charged $1,328 in personal mileage to the ratepayer.”
    No he wouldn’t. He had a deal with the council where he took a lower salary in exchange for unlimited private use of the mayoral car.
    Council officials shouldn’t be picking who they get to work for.