Mayor and council unanimously adopted a bylaw providing themselves with a pay raise of $200 per year for the next three years.
The mayor is currently paid $15,200 per year, while each of the councillors is paid $10,000 per year. An additional $200 will be tacked on, effective December 1 of this year, followed by an additional $200 per year through to 2013.
Having received some comments from friends beforehand, councillor Franklin Hornbrook said that he was told, “You guys got stiffed!”
“I know how much you councillors do, and I think that a $16 a month raise is a slap in the face,” mayor Ross Forrest said.
That said, Forrest added that he accepts the decision of the ad hoc committee.
The $200 per year pay raise was the decision an ad hoc committee made up of Pat Foster, Rod Peters, and Chris Rolls.
The committee chose to leave the out-of-town meal allowance as-is, at $50 per day in BC, except Vancouver, and $60 per day in Vancouver or outside of BC.