Regarding the story in Sentinel-Times on February 20 about Bass Coast Shire Council’s fuel cards: The council has 134 active fuel cards at a cost of approximately $600,000.00 per annum.
This equates to approximately at least one in three council workers having a fuel card, which is approximately $20 for each ratepayer.
No wonder rates are excessive in this country town, when most services are contracted out.
Then you look at jobs advertised.
1. Coordinator civil design; wage $91,000 to $118,000 + super
2. Coordinator asset management; $105,000 to $118,000 + super
3. Technical officer [traffic and lighting]; $81,000 to $85,000 + super [the traffic part is certainly not working].
Maybe the council needs a good “time and motion” company in to see what the ratepayers are really getting for their money.
Lyall Broughton, North Wonthaggi.