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COUNTY COUNCILLORS' EXPENSES

[PBB PBKBB Afl«Bb6lATlOH.} / DUNJBDIN, June 6. The vexed question of payment of travelling expenses to County OaanolMors was argued m Bmco to-day, before Mi Juatloe William*. A special oase wai stated for the opinion of the Court (the Aadltor-General v Eirlog). Mr B. 0. Haggitt appeared for the Ocowo, andßli R. Stoat tor Mr fliwing. The oase stated that by the Ooantiei Act a Gounotl may vote mob sums ai it ihall deemanffioltnt to defray the actual travelling expensei only of Ooanofiiors eomtog from a distance exceeding three mile* to attend a meeting. The Auditor jGranerai, m audit* ing the aooounts of the MonlototoOounoll found a aumjof £44 2i charged v hating been paid for travelling expenses. The; Aodltor«.General asked for details of the aqtaal travelling expanses of eaoh Councillor, bnt the Council refuted td furnish ■bob, or to giro particularly- x>r to «dntt the right of the Auditor to inquire? aiart* ing that It was the right of the Oounctt (0 Vote euoh amount ai it thoaght sufficient, and that the Auditor could not question the vote of the Council. ■ The Auditor, satisfied that tbe turn wai not- foi actual travelling expense* only of Councillor!, and being of opinion that tha aunt wai paid out of the funds without the authority of the law, disallowed the payment *nd surcharged the members jointly :* and severally . The sum was actually paid to Councillors oomiog from elsewhere exceeding three miles, the allowanoe being paid partly on .the mileage rate, fixed m pertain oases and partly on an allbwanos of oie guinea for the sitting, which tht Ooanoil bad fixed m other oases as reason* able. The Auditor Insists that it is beFond the power of the Oouooll to rote ft lamp sum either "by way of mileage of otherwise^ bat H»fc saoh Ooaooillar mart f oroiih details. Judgment was remrad after argument. - ■■^■\ : -:y-s -. --.-A^ '•'■ : ■' W**— ■gßßg-1 -.Si'v

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COUNTY COUNCILLORS' EXPENSES Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2146, 8 June 1889

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