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What should councillor's drive

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  1. MTR

    MTR Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    No idea, but not Mercedes Benz.

    There was an uproar recently when one of our local City Councils in Perth decided/voted and purchased Mercedes Benz for each Councillor, I don't think even our Prime Minister drives one of these luxury vehicles.

    Perhaps I have it wrong, perhaps they deserve some luxury/entitlements?? But seriously not a good look, when many are on struggle street.

    MTR:)
     
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  2. DaveM

    DaveM Adelaide Buyers Agent & KFC Strategist Business Member

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    I dont care if they drive a datsun 120y or a bentley, so long as they do their job
     
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    Mercedes Benz is a German Commodore. With the imminent death of Falcons and Commodores in Australia shortly what should they pick? Toyota Aurion perhaps?
     
  4. Jamie_

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    Options is also another major thing, one of the accountants at our work likes to gloat about his new BMW, he was sad when I told him it has less features than my VE Wagon (Z Series)
     
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    Xenia Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    why can't councilors drive whatever they want to drive?
    If people are jealous of the benefits - then they need to either become a councilor and get the same benefits or suck it up :)
     
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    You don't think your rates could go to better use than buying someone a Merc?
     
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  7. MTR

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    The cost was $75K for vehicle, however because of the amount they purchased they got a discount, $65K each vehicle
     
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    FFS.... are these council-purchased vehicles?? Then they can FRO and "settle" for a cheaper vehicle.

    OTOH, if these are vehicles that the individual councillors have purchased, then more power to them - they are welcome to spend their own money however they choose.

    "Why can't they drive whatever they want"... wow, seriously?? Where do you draw the line - what if they "want" to drive a Bentley?? Assuming these are council-funded vehicles, then that means the ratepayers are funding these vehicles. Why does the (supposedly) "venerable" Councillor need an expensive car over a more reasonably priced car???

    And as for your comment about people either needing to become councillors themselves, or shut up, well..... I have no words. Apart from - I guess you've just revealed your future plans...? :D
     
  9. Westminster

    Westminster Tigress at Tiger Developments Business Member

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    Bloody hell! Which council?
    I didn't think Councils paid for cars for councillors and that councillors didn't make that much money.
    If they forgo pay for a car then they can get whatever they want up to the value of their pay - sort of like a novated lease.
     
  10. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    The one you live in, Westy :)
     
  11. MTR

    MTR Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    City of Stirling, would you believe
     
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    twobobsworth Well-Known Member

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    The PMs commonwealth car is a BMW 7 series.

    Our mayor has access to a chauffeured car and councilors get cab charges to attend official duties.

    There is really no remuneration but the "expenses" for 12 members is a bout $600k a year.
     
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    AndrewTDP Urban Planning Consultant Business Member

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    Some councillors have access to lease back arrangements so may be zero untowards here.

    Reserving judgement for facts rather than hearsay.
     
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    wow, really
    what council.?
     
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    I Agee, we are all here to learn
     
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    Westminster Tigress at Tiger Developments Business Member

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    @MTR was there an article about this?

    I found this article but it was only about the Mayor and CEO with it being part of the pay package and belongs to the Council. If it's just them then it's quite normal for full time employees in their pay bracket to have a car as part of the package which they give up when no longer in the role.
    Mercedes men

    If it's all the councillors then my wtf still stands as they don't earn a lot.
     
  17. Bayview

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    They can buy whatever they want with their own money.

    If it's taxpayers' money; they drive what the average and majority of taxpayers drive - a Commodore or Falcon or Camry or Hyundai or equivalent dollars Mazda/Honda or maybe a Hyundai X-35 if they want an SUV instead of a sedan.....
     
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    It's not about the benefits X.

    They get a benefit by having their car bought for them (plus whatever else)

    But, this is about the best use of taxpayers' money - especially if the majority of those taxpayers in their electorate are only driving bog-standard Mr.and Mrs.Thong cars.
     
  19. Ace in the Hole

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    Salim votes for Ferraris.
     
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    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    And if the LGA is full of Audis, Mercs, BMWs?