Mayor removes provision of vehicle to establish community fund
Mayor Jacovou said Council’s current Civic Office Expenses Policy provides a vehicle for the Mayor of the day for his or her civic duties and personal use.
“Council purchases these cars at significantly reduced rates and after allowing for depreciation, exemption of taxes and the like, is able to sell it a couple of years later and recoup much of the initial purchase price,” he said.
“However, the vehicle still needs to be maintained and we all know that it costs money to buy tyres, wash and fill it up with petrol.
“I estimate the cost to Council of owning a Mayoral car to be approximately $20,000 per annum.”
Mayor Jacovou said this money could be better used to provide services and facilities within the community.
“After garnering the support of my fellow Councillors, I am pleased to announce the establishment of a Mayor’s Community Fund,” he said.
“The fund will be administered under the auspices of the Mayoral Office, and have a budget of $20,000 per annum.
“The money should be used for improving our community and assisting our local residents”.
“This will allow the Mayor of the day to sacrifice his or her use of the Mayoral car for the direct benefit of our ratepayers.
“Council is currently developing guidelines on the utilisation of the funds”.
“I am pleased that this money will be put to better use within our community, both now and into the future.”
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