Committee considers Vernon council compensation

It will be determined if Vernon politicians are adequately paid or if compensation needs to climb.

A committee of three residents will be formed to review remuneration and report back to council in September.

“We always do this in the last year in the term of council and it (any changes) come into affect for the next council,” said Coun. Bob Spiers.

A committee of residents, including  at least one with previous municipal experience, is formed to provide an independent review of salaries, although it will be current council that makes the final decision.

The mayor’s base salary rises to $67,045 this year from $63,466 (unchanged from 2010) while the councillors’ base salary increases to $21,628 from $20,473 (unchanged from 2010).

The mayor and councillors are also eligible for meeting pay, but that depends on councillors claiming the pay for each meeting.

Spiers would not speculate on whether salaries should increase, but he pointed out that the next term of council will be longer under provincial legislation.

“It will be a four-year term so it (what occurs with wages) will be interesting,” he said.

Mayor Rob Sawatzky will also not say whether remuneration should increase or if present compensation is sufficient to reflect the workload of council.

“I really welcome the independent review,” he said.



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