$4000 cost to reprint botched Budget

Friday June 14, 2019 Written by Published in Politics
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Mistakes can be costly, and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management received a timely reminder of that this week.

 

The ministry had to fork out an extra $4000 to reprint the Budget Book after belated alterations were made to it in Parliament before the Appropriation Bill 2019/20 could be passed yesterday.

The reprinting cost figure was revealed by financial secretary Garth Henderson.

The Budget Book had to be reprinted to rectify errors in some variance figures that were raised by the Opposition Democratic Party last week.

It was also reproduced to include an extra $300,000 for refurbishments to Parliament’s debating chamber.

Deputy prime minister Mark Brown presented a short ministerial statement on Tuesday, giving notice to Parliament of a change to the Budget.

He later told Cook Islands News that an extra $300,000 was required to allow much-needed refurbishment of the Parliament chamber.

The motion for amendment to the Budget was to be put before the House this week.

The newspaper understands a proposal for refurbishment of the Parliament chamber was first made to government in 2014, but there was no appropriation made for this project.

In the 2019/20 Budget, the government allocated an increased appropriation for Parliament. After the additional $300,000, the total appropriation comes to round $5 million.

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