Thursday, October 29, 2009

All Mayor's Should Drive a 300C

This sounds like a good town to be mayor in I do believe. The mayor feels he is saving money by driving a Chrysler300C. via inner-west-courier
STRATHFIELD[Au] Council could see its next mayor whipping around the area in a Porsche.
Last year the mayor couldn’t spend more than $40,000 on a car and former mayor Keith Kwon chose not to take one at all.
Councillors passed an amended policy on expenses last week, overriding last August’s draft policy which set the limit at the luxury car tax threshold of $57,000, or up to $75,000 for fuel-efficient cars, and setting no limit on the cost of the mayoral vehicle.
Strathfield mayor Tony Maroun defended the decision, saying the amended policy was in line with provisions under the Local Government Act and the Department of Local Government’s guidelines.
“It is important to point out that council does not have any luxury cars in its fleet,” he said.
“While the maximum price of the vehicle that can be purchased for the mayor is ... around the $57,000 mark, the Chrysler 300C I use cost $43,000, which is well inside the limit.”
Cr Maroun said his car was part of the council’s overall fleet, and considerations such as the price, running costs and greenhouse emissions were all considered as part of the purchasing decision.
Independent councillor Danny Lim said Cr Maroun should not take up the offer of a car:
“What does he want next? A helicopter?”

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