A report detailing what Reynold Macpherson has cost ratepayers cost nearly $1600 to compile, a price one councillor says can just be added to the existing $237,336 figure.

However, Macpherson has hit back saying the compilation of the report was not appropriate.

Last month Rotorua Lakes Council's operations and monitoring committee called for a report into how much had been spent answering Macpherson's complaints, queries and requests for official information.

The completed report put the value at 309 hours which the council said equated to $237,336 in the past three and a half years.

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A Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act response revealed compiling that information took 21 hours of staff time, equating to $1596.

Under the act, Rotorua Lakes Council time is valued at $76 per hour.

Macpherson said he was surprised to hear that money had been spent on the report and said it was in his opinion "wasteful and a political vendetta".

Macpherson is the secretary of the Rotorua District Residents and Ratepayers group and said he believed he had been targeted because of the group's "growing effectiveness of holding council to account".

"They forget that we are not against council, because most of the staff are doing a great job ... but [we are] against daft decisions and silly priorities that ignore the interests of residents and ratepayers who have to pay for them," he said.

"It was not relevant to council's governance role to attack an office bearer of a group that is entitled to ask questions.

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"Members repeatedly make it clear that they regard the costs of my [information requests] as an excellent use of their money; to keep council honest and accountable."

Councillor Charles Sturt, who chairs the operations and monitoring committee, said Macpherson was entitled to make inquiries but the time spent answering them could be better spent elsewhere.

"I support him in terms of democratic process.

Chairman of the operations and monitoring committee Charles Sturt. Photo/File
Chairman of the operations and monitoring committee Charles Sturt. Photo/File

"We've answered every inquiry he has made and that's why I thought it was fair in asking staff to put a value on the cost of his inquiries. I believe $230k is a conservative estimate," Sturt said.

He wasn't surprised compiling the report had cost almost $1600 and said that could be added to the $230k outlined in the report.

"Staff had to delve through months of emails."