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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

South Bruce Peninsula Council Pay Changes

South Bruce Peninsula | by John Divinski  

South Bruce Peninsula council has approved a bylaw that will see pay increases kick in.

South Bruce Peninsula council has approved a bylaw that will see remuneration increases kick in as of January 1st, 2019.

However, Mayor Janice Jackson says that does NOT mean more money for elected officials.

Jackson points out, up until this point, there was a portion of their pay that was tax-exempt but that exemption is being eliminated by senior levels of government.

She says because all of the remuneration will now be taxable, it means, council members would end up actually taking home less pay than they are now.

Mayor Jackson says in essence, what they have done is "increased the salary just to make up for losing the tax exemption policy, so we're getting the same amount of take-home pay as before."

In a recorded vote on Tuesday, September 4th, the bylaw passed 3-1.

The mayor and councillors Matt Jackson and Paul McKenzie voted in favour, with Deputy Mayor Jay Kirkland being absent from the meeting.

Councillor Ana Vukovic voted against the move saying she didn't enter municipal politics to get paid by taxpayers.

She says she's on council to represent the people and not to make money.

Vukovic says she would have had no problem taking home less pay than before.

The bylaw also states that any remuneration will be adjusted annually to reflect any increase in the published Ontario Consumer Price Index.

As of January 1st, the mayor's salary will be almost $30,800 ($30,774); deputy mayor almost $22,300 ($22,285) and the three councillors will receive just over $18,000 ($18,040) each.

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