A THIRD of the money allocated to fund Holme Valley Parish Council will be swallowed up by admin costs.
And it emerged today that the bulk of that £81,300 will pay the wages of two parish clerks at Holme Valley Parish Council this year.
They will share £63,000 - a £10,000 increase on last year's total.
The news comes as Holme Valley residents face a 22% increase in the amount they pay in their council tax bill towards the parish council.
In this year's financial forecast a whopping £81,300 of the £194,942 budget will be spent on administration alone.
The news has been greeted with anger from some quarters.
One Honley pensioner, Jeff Brooke, has already threatened to go to prison rather than pay his £12 for the parish council.
Figures revealed that clerk Marjory Bewick is earning close to £30,000 a year for a 30 hour week. Her deputy, Elizabeth Hirst, is reported to earn 75% of her senior's pay on a pro rata basis.
They handle the administration and organisation of the parish council. They deal with all correspondence, staff meetings and provide an administration service for councillors. .
Former chairman of Holme Valley Parish Council, Nigel Patrick, said the clerks were being overpaid.
Clr Patrick, who served on the council for eight years and now represents Holme Valley South on Kirklees, said: "I think it's far too much for what they do.
"Too much is going on administration costs and not enough on providing services - that's basically what's happening."
He said part of the reason for the increase in administration was because the council was pushing for quality status.
Asked if the wages were fair he said: "Well I don't think so because I don't think they're productive enough.
"My view of the parish council is really it's like any organisation is, you're only as good as the people that run it and the people that run it are doing a bloody awful job."
He added administration costs had to be reduced.
However, parish chairman elect, Clr Andrew Otterburn said: "We're incredible value for money.
"At the end of the day the message from my point of view is we're talking about 30p a week for the parish council per household.
"The increase is 5p a week, what's the problem? We're incredible value for money.
"The clerk is doing a highly skilled job. It's a fairly technical job she's been doing for 24 years in a similar role. It's not a job that anyone can do."
Asked about the money he said: "That's the going rate.
"She knows what she's doing, she's a very, very highly regarded clerk and if that's the going rate for these people then fine."
He added the clerks do a lot of things outside of working hours.
Other schemes to be funded by the council in the next 12 months include:
* £19,000 to fund a minibus service
* £21,000 on bus shelters
* £15,000 on play areas
* £2,100 on Christmas trees
* £150 on a Tidy Trader award