Much to her disappointment Councillor Kristi Wells was unable to drum up support for a nearly one-third pay increase for the new council Monday night.
She put forward the eleventh-hour motion at the final meeting of this council’s term. It would have allowed each new councillor to get an extra $500 per month, or $6,000 annually.
Councillors currently are paid $18,000 a year. Members of the next council, with the exception of the mayor, will be paid $19,000 annually.
The request was an effort to help the new council deal with an always-thorny issue: giving themselves pay rises.
Wells said putting forth the idea showed leadership and foresight from the outgoing council. The new council has only two incumbents on the team.
“Sometimes we know the answer and you can step forward on it,” said a disappointed Wells.
was asked to withdraw her motion because there was not enough support for it.
by the looks on some of her fellow councillors’ faces, the request came as a
it (the money) coming from?” asked Councillor Caroline Lamont.
explained there is a surplus in council’s budget every year. This year,
however, a surplus is not expected in that account, municipal information
officer Diana Waltmann said this week.
Marianne Wade supported the motion but there was a pause before the other
councillors gathered their thoughts and commented.
of them said they recognized the sentiment of the request, however they were
unwilling to support it.
is not the way to make a decision,” said Councillor Nick Davies, the first to
shoot down the request.
highlighted the difficulty of their situation pointing to the municipality’s
striking Canadian Union of Public Employee workers who are looking for a $4,000
cost of living increase. That situation has not been resolved since it began
earlier this year.
Ken Melamed said he would be willing to take the issue through the budgeting
process with the new council but wouldn’t support it at this time.