I have to declare an interest here - Perth and Kinross council is my local council. For the first time I read today that the wage bill in P & K has rocketed by more than £18 million since the recession began.
It's reported one senior councillor said 'the public had been left flabbergasted and alarmed' by what he termed the 'astronomical' rise.
I'm certainly not flabbergasted or alarmed, I'm just furious. This is an SNP led council. In past years they've been competent in handling the budget, so what has gone wrong since October 2008?
Figures obtained by the Courier, using FOI legislation, revealed the average local authority employee earns more than £3,000 a year more than they did before the downturn. Those working in the chief executive's department have seen their wages rise by an average of 40% - an increase of more than £10,000 per person.
The council's total wage bill for 2008-09 was almost £168 million, compared with just under £150 million in 2006-07. A total of 5965 staff shared £167,868,492 last year - an average of £28,140 for each employee.
Those in the chief executive's department earned an average of £35,790 per person, compared with just over £25,400 two years previously.
The telephones in Perth and Kinross council will be red hot this morning with angry council tax payers wanting answers. I will express my opinion by email.
Although this is a local issue for me, it made me wonder how many other councils throughout the UK have been so generous to their employees with your council tax money. Maybe it would be worth a FOI to find out just how much your council wage bill as increased in the past couple of years.