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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Payraise Being Reviewed For Goderich Councillors

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Deputy Mayor say report follows move by Ottawa to tax councillor salaries more heavily.

Goderich municipal staff are expected to report early in the New Year, on a Council remuneration review.

A November 29th report says Councillors should earn $10 thousand per year with the Deputy Mayor being paid $14,400 annually, and the Mayor's salary topping $25 thousand a year.

The per diem rate for all members of Council would be $80 for a half day and $143 for a full day, which is the same as the County of Huron pays.

The increase is intended to replace 33 per-cent of Councillors' salaries that is no longer exempt from federal tax.

Deputy Mayor Myles Murdock says a number of municipal Councils already have looked at how Councillors, Deputy Mayors and Mayors are paid, in light of the new tax.

The levy on Council salaries was announced in the 2017 federal budget.

He agrees with Councillor Jim Donnelly, that approving an adjustment may be perceived by ratepayers as Council giving itself a raise.

Murdock admits he doesn't like the idea of Council possibly having to vote themselves more money, but that payment levels haven't changed since at least 2006.

Chief Administrative Officer Larry McCabe says a report will come before Council well before budget deliberations start on February 5th.


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