Here is an article from the online version of the Champion reporting on councillors salaries and professional development expenses (for conferences and meetings attended on behalf of the town) and where everyone ranks.
As I mentioned in my blog a few days ago, I posted a brief outline of those expenses including mileage claimed by individual councillors. If you go back the last few years before being elected to town council, I have been a strong advocate for councillors to take a leadership role in this area.
The Champion reported that back in June of 2011 when the first of our 2% raises were approved in the budget, I contacted human resources and asked that it not be applied to my salary. It is a small amount but as I mentioned before, its not the amount, its the principle.
Every day I go to work in this position I do what I can to limit the impact on taxpayers because it is YOU who pay our salaries and your tax dollars should be treated with respect. There was a citizens committee struck months ago to review our salaries in comparision to other towns/cities to come up with an amount that would be competitive and fair. Im not against paying politicians a fair salary for the work we do. It can get hectic at times as I recently found out with the Bell cell tower proposal at New Life Church, news that the provincial government might put the brakes on our much needed and promised hospital expansion among other things.
That report is due in the coming months so I’ll reserve my comments after reading that report. What I will say is that once we receive the report and review the recommendations of the committee and suggest (if its not already included in the report) that any potential increase they might come up with be approved and put into place the date the next council sits, which will be December 1st 2014.
This way it wont give the public the perception that we are increasing our own salaries. Thats long been a stone in my shoe where either behind closed doors or even out in the open, council can raise its salary with little or no public input. We’ll have to see when that report comes to the table.
Thank you to those who emailed me with your comments. I am proud to be your representative at Milton Town Council and will continue to work hard to save taxpayers money wherever possible.
In case you missed it, here is the breakdown of councillor salaries, professional development and mileage expenses for 2011.
Milton Councillor Mike Cluett chose not to accept a two per cent wage increase approved in the 2011 budget.
He put the taxpayers’ money where his mouth is.
Councillor Mike Cluett, a critic of council’s yearly wage adjustments, chose not to accept a two per cent salary increase that was approved in the 2011 budget.
Financial documents released this week show the Ward 6 Councillor earned a base salary of $26,495 last year, while his council counterparts took in $26,751.
Mayor Gord Krantz earned $66,582 in salary and benefits from the Town of Milton plus $44,446 in regional council salary and benefits for a total of $111,028. The longtime mayor also received $3,678 in conference expenses and $6,108 in car mileage from the Town and Halton Region.
Among local Milton councillors, Councillor Cindy Lunau, Ward 3, was the biggest earner at a total of $34,588 — $2,611 for car mileage, $2,279 in benefits and $2,947 in conference expenses.
Ward 4 councillor Rick Malboeuf was the Town’s most frugal councillor, taking in $30,201 in salary and benefits and not claiming any expenses for conferences and mileage.
At the regional level, Councillor Colin Best took in $56,452 in salary and benefits, conference expense and car mileage while Councillor Tony Lambert, who also sits on regional council, totaled $49,696 in salary and expenses.
Regional Chair Gary Carr took home close to $200,000 in 2011. He made $189,106 in salary and benefits and charged $5,591 for conference expenses and $3,055 in car mileage.
Milton’s 2012 budget saw a freeze on council’s salaries while a citizen compensation committee reviews the earnings of the Mayor and councillors to ensure their wages are in line with comparable municipalities.
The committee is expected to make a recommendation to council in April or May.
The last review in 2007 led to a hefty increase — the mayor’s salary increased from $49,133 to $60,480 and the rest of council saw an increase from $21,096 to $25,096.