Tamworth Regional Councillor pay rise poll results

RAISE ME UP: Tamworth councillors voted in favour of giving themselves a pay rise. Photo: Gareth Gardner

RAISE ME UP: Tamworth councillors voted in favour of giving themselves a pay rise. Photo: Gareth Gardner

PEOPLE are largely happy with the amount of pay Tamworth councillors are taking home, according to an online poll.

Tamworth Regional Council recently voted in favour of giving its councillors a 2.5 per cent pay increase.

The nine representatives on the council will take home $19,310 for their work in the next year, while mayor Col Murray will receive an extra $42,120 on top of that sum.

An online of poll The Leader’s readers found 44 per cent of respondents supported our councillors taking home between zero and $19,000.

A further 26 per cent would be happy to see councillor paid between $19,000 to $30,000 a year.

Thirteen per cent would like to see their pay doubled and voted in favour of remuneration between $30,000 and $50,000.

Nearly 10 per cent think the councillors are hugely underpaid for their work and would like to see them take home upwards of $50,000.

Tamworth councillor Russell Webb said their remuneration was “grossly unfair” compared to the pay of metropolitan local government representatives.

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