Published: 00:00, 03 October 2017 |
Updated: 11:26, 04 October 2017
County councillors received tax-payer funded allowances of £1.75m in 2016, official figures published by the council show.
The sum is down on the total for 2015-16 when councillors received £1,767,838 compared to £1,744,978 this year.
KCC sparked controversy recently when its members awarded themselves a 15% rise in their allowances - claiming that it brought them level with increases in salaries for public sector workers.
They did so despite an independent panel recommending that they accept a rise of just 1.5%.
The additional 15% will equate to about an extra £200,000 on bills over the next four years.
Of the bill this year, £1,070,775 was for the basic allowance that all members qualify for - £12,805.
Additional allowances paid for those with special responsibility such as cabinet members accounted for £558,383 of the overall sum.
Travel expenses also added to the bill with £106,903 claimed for car use by members on official council business.
However, far less was spent on trains and buses with members claiming £7,598 for public transport.
The Conservative leader Paul Carter was the highest paid receiving a total of £57,280 of which £42,109 was his allowance for leader.
The public taxpayer also funded the use of taxis and official KCC cars by members to the tune of £5,367 - with the former deputy leader Cllr Alex King, who is no longer a member, claiming £ 3370.40.
And the bill for chauffeur driven cars came to £35,749 which was less than the £48,178 last year.
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