Hanover Council has approved the recommendations coming out of an independent Council Remuneration Committee Review.
Come January 1st, 2019 the newly elected Hanover Council will receive a raise in pay.
This pay raise will go one of two ways.
If the Province proceeds with its plan to eliminate the one-third tax free provision the raise in pay will equate to an overall increase of just over 22 thousand dollars for all 7 Councillors. (total increase)
This means council pay will adjusted to reflect the increased tax liability as the change will mean 100 percent of council earnings would become taxable.
However if the Province drops the plan to eliminate the one third tax free provision the raise in pay will equate to a much more modest overall increase of 5 thousand dollar in total.
This reflects CPI adjustment based on inflation rates.
Along with a hike in pay, the new Council will also receive an increase in mileage, food allowance and per diem pay.
Meal allowances will increase to a maximum of 100 dollars a day (all three meals), travel will be based on the to the CRA rates and per diems will jump to $80 per half day and $150 per full day.
What Hanover Council won't receive is benefits.
The Committee deemed that Councillors are a part time voluntary position and as such do not merit benefits.
Earlier this year, Hanover Councillors in a 4-3 decision voted to provide themselves with full benefits.
The move which was not well received by the public was later rescinded.
Council later decided to appoint an independent Remuneration Committee to make recommendations on Council salaries.
Remuneration Review Committee Chair Ryan Craig believes they have come up with a fair and equitable way to address Council salaries.
He says the Committee worked long and hard to come up with the recommendations, noting this was a six month process.
As part of the review process they compared Hanover Council salaries to that of a number of municipalities of similar size including:
Brockton, West Grey, Kincardine and Goderich.
Once the raise in pay takes effect, Craig says it will put Hanover Council salaries somewhere in the mid section of those other municipal comparators.