No raise for city council
Cornwall ON – After a grueling debate over the city councils pay increase, the end result was “No.”
Many options were brought forward to the table but no one seemed to agree on a solution.
One alternative was to include their expense account directly into their salary causing no grief to tax payers. “This would be the way to go. It’s totally up to us and there would be no financial impact on the city,” said councillor Mary Ann Hug.
Another was to prorate the raise over the next four year period.
Councillor Syd Gardiner fought hard stating “at the end of the day we are still one of the lowest paid councils. I’ve sat with people at meetings who complained that we aren’t making enough money and here they are today saying ‘no no let’s leave it the way it is.’ Cowards!”
When asked how he thinks a struggling family would have reacted to the councils pay increase Gardiner responded, “Whether or not we get a raise that same family would still be struggling. Our council works very hard and we have acquired many extra responsibilities over the last four years.”
He also explained that the motion for a raise was not only for his financial gain but to also attract a new generation of councillors.
City council did receive a 2 percent pay increase last year. Councillor Denis Thibault donated his raise to a local charity.
According to a council remuneration document for 2010 most cities comparable to ours have higher city councillor salaries. Some examples are:
Cornwall population 46,000 – Councillor annual salary $14,456
Woodstock population 31,766 – Councillor annual salary $21,658
Brockville population 24,000 – Councillor annual salary $15,923
St. Thomas population 36,000 – Councillor annual salary $10,862
Orillia population 31,000 – Councillor annual salary $23,272
North Bay population 53,966 – Councillor annual salary $17,509
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