School trustees relinquish pay raise

Vernon School District trustees turn down increase to monthly indemnity

  • Dec. 23, 2011 8:00 a.m.

Vernon School District trustees have turned down a motion to increase their monthly indemnity.

At Tuesday’s district board meeting, a motion was made for the board to approve an increase to the trustee indemnity by 2.8 per cent, as determined by the B.C. Consumer Price Index, and that 1/3 of the trustee indemnity be considered an allowance for expenses incidental to the discharge of trustees’ official duties.

“Due to the net zero mandate by the provincial government, I’d like to make a motion that we not do this,” said trustee Mitzi Fortin, a move that was approved by all trustees.

Trustees’ annual indemnity is $13,600 for board chairman Bill Turanski, which includes $3,000 for expenses such as gas; $12,100 for vice-chairman Kelly Smith, which includes $1,500 for expenses; and $10,600 for each of the five trustees.

The taxable portion of the annual indemnity is paid in 12 equal installments beginning Dec. 31, with the 1/3 allowance for expenses paid in December.