Mayor stands by salaries

The 2014 financial report shows that $4.2 million was paid out to all staff in Lake Country

  • Jun. 26, 2015 12:00 p.m.

Lake Country’s mayor defends the cash going into wages at the municipal office.

The 2014 financial report shows that $4.2 million was paid out to all staff, with there also being $307,512 in expenses.

“Ours are quite modest compared to other local government,” said Mayor James Baker.

“We have to pay a certain rate or they move somewhere else.”

Fifteen employees earned more than $75,000.

Leading the pack was chief administrative officer Alberto De Feo with a wage of $156,316 and expenses of $7,006.

Others included fire chief Steve Windsor with remuneration of $122,307 and expenses of $5,013 and Michael Mercer, director of engineering and operations, with a salary of $119,759 and expenses of $3,889.

Financial figures have also been released for members of council. All remuneration for elected officials is one-third non-taxable.

Baker had a wage of $39,901 and expenses of $6,487.

For councillors that served a full term in 2014, Lisa Cameron had remuneration of $14,470 and expenses of $5,199 while there were wages of $15,693 and expenses of $4,161 for Owen Dickie and a salary of $15,693 and expenses of $4,198 for Penny Gambell. Robert Geier had remuneration of $15,693 and expenses of $217 while Barb Leamont had a wage of $14,470 and expenses of $1,269.

For councillors elected in November, Bill Ireland, Bill Scarrow and Matt Vader all had remuneration of $1,222 while Ireland and Scarrow had $217 in expenses and Vader had $502.

Baker says serving on council is a form of volunteerism.

“We work for the community and we get paid for some of it,” he said.

“If you start putting large remuneration on the position, you get people simply running for the position.”