REPORTING · 18th October 2012
Once a year, Kitimat City Council determines their pay raise for the following year. Last year, Mayor and Council received a 2.1% increase bringing their pay to $29,584 and $12,164 respectively. The change is tied to the consumer price index based on the change from August 2011 to August 2012.
This year, Council receives a 1% raise.
Councillor Mario Feldhoff pointed out sometimes the Consumer Price Index goes down, giving the example of 1.1% decrease. He felt the remuneration was reasonable compared to other communities.
“From my perspective, if we ever want to change significantly from the current formula and current base, then that is something that should be discussed going into the next election,” said Feldhoff.
Councillor Corinne Scott stated there was a comparison with the documents. The Mayor of Kitimat is paid less than the mayors of Terrace, Powell River, Port Moody, Port Alberni, Fort Saint John and Campbell River.
Mayor Joanne Monaghan stated she liked the Mayor’s salary from Campbell River, $60,926. “I think I’ll move to Campbell River,” joked Monaghan.
“You’ll be brand new, they may not know you,” pointed out Scott.
The motion was called and carried.
Comment by Tom on 20th October 2012
Is a good example of how it's done . They have lots of ocean access . Parks and more parks . The river parks are looked after as we'll as their historical sites . You cannot compare kitimat and Campbell river on any level . Going by the online survey the city council voted against the will of two thirds of the people of kitimat in regards to Phils motion . It would be great if all the opposed move to Campbell river . Although getting elected there might be problematic . Specially if they have a look at the condition and lack of freedom in kitimat . Thank you Phil . Thank you for trying to serve all the people of kitimat . I also think the kids of cable car deserve a place to hit a baseball or kick a football that is for all the public . The things that make a place better for its citizens make the same place more attractive for tourism .
Comment by Thomas Campbell on 19th October 2012
The Campbell River Mayor gets two times the wages of our Mayor because they have more than 4 times the population..... (36,000) and ALL the other communites mentioned have between 2 and 4 times our population.... maybe a better comparison of our mayor's wages would be with would be with communities of similiar populations! I wonder how it would compare then?