Council finalizes remuneration
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Aug 17, 2007  |  Vote 0    0

Council finalizes remuneration

Stratford Gazette

City councillors are getting a raise.

At Monday's meeting, council approved several motions boosting mayoral and council pay.

Councillors will receive a minimal $831 raise, boosting their annual salary from $9,769 to $10,600.

They will continue to receive remuneration for outside board and meeting attendance, receiving $60 for meetings under three hours and $90 for longer meetings.

The deputy mayor will receive $1,501 more than the base rate paid to other councillors and will receive the same remuneration for meetings.

The mayor's remuneration will be raised from $26,421 to $50,000, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2007. His salary will rise to $60,000 at the start of 2008. Unlike councillors, the mayor will no longer receive additional pay for outside meetings or boards.

The decision came after lengthy debate on the issue which saw council reverse its original decision to boost the mayor's pay to $70,000.

Coun. Bonnie Henderson, who did not support the motion for mayoral pay at the last committee meeting, said her comments about the public's perception of the mayor at the last meeting were taken out of context in newspaper reports.

She said people did not tell her they thought the mayor was greedy as reported, but instead had asked her "why is the mayor so greedy?" assuming he had asked for a raise.

Coun. Paul Nickel said he was disappointed the issue was again being discussed and suggested the question be called.

After the council meeting, Mayor Dan Mathieson, who declared pecuniary interest and did not participate in the discussion or vote regarding his pay, said he was pleased the final decision was more in line with the recommendations from the ad hoc committee which evaluated the issue.

"The citizens committee did a lot of thoughtful work and I was happy council took that into consideration," said Mathieson. "I find it a tough situation because many people in the community don't get to set their own wage. They find it tough when elected officials get to."

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