BALLARAT City Council chief executive officer Anthony Schinck incorrectly stated the cost of a 2011 Civic Hall community poll at the September 25 council meeting.
Mr Schinck told the packed gallery at the Ballarat Town Hall the survey had cost $70,000.
When The Courier checked the figure with Mr Schinck last Wednesday, he again confirmed it was “ballpark $70,000”.
However, Roy Morgan Research, which carried out the poll on the council’s behalf, confirmed its work on the project was less than that.
In an emailed response yesterday, Mr Schinck said the cost was actually $31,260.
“Since being asked the question in the council chamber, we’ve checked the cost and there is no dispute, it was $31,260,” Mr Schinck said.
In December 2011, The Courier also quoted the proposed survey as budgeted at $31,200.
The survey polled residents on three Civic Hall proposals – the previous council’s $40 million plan to redevelop the Mair Street site for council offices, retaining the hall or an alternative development that did not involve a council building.
Two focus groups were also undertaken on the council’s behalf, with participants paid $75 each for 90-minute sessions.
Councillor Samantha McIntosh said she had concerns about a lot of the information given on the night of the last council meeting.
“I think there were a lot of things that came up on the night that didn’t seem to stack up,” Cr McIntosh said.
“When we are making such a major decision, we need the correct information in front of us.
“The community and the councillors have to know they have the correct information, that it is accurate and is not misleading.”
Cr McIntosh also said the survey was an important part of the process and it was vital to know exactly how the survey money had been spent.