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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Brockton Council Due For Pay Raise.

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

A committee recommends increases 2.5 per cent in each of the next 4 years.

The recommendations are in from an independent Council Remuneration Committee on salaries for Brockton councillors.

The Committee is recommending a raise in pay beginning in 2019 for then new Brockton Council.

They are proposing a minimum 2.5% salary increase each year of the four year term.

This will equate to an overall 10 percent increase and should move Brockton from the third lowest on the list of 10 comparable municipalities to the middle range.

The Committee also proposes a variation of the ‘cost of living’ if the Consumer Price Index exceeds 1.5%.

It is also recommended that by 2023 Council remuneration increases be at the same percentage as that received by non-unionized municipal employees.

Committee Chair Tim Mancell calls the raise in pay necessary in order to help Brockton play ‘catch up’ as the Brockton Council salaries have not been increase since 2012.

Mancell a former Brockton Councillor says he was able to draw from his seven years on Council to assist him in this role.

The only contentious recommendation in the report is the suggestion that Brockton do away with mileage for Councillors attending Council meetings.

Deputy Mayor Dan Gieruszak and Councillor Dean Leifso both disagree with that suggestion.

They say Councillors who live outside of Walkerton should be reimbursed for  their mileage.

Brockton Council will debate the recommendations and vote on the matter in January.

In closing the Remuneration Committee also strongly recommends that Brockton find the money for the raise in pay through efficiencies and not burden taxpayer with the salary increases. 

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