Big pay rise for Town CEO
REPORT SHOWS COUNCILLOR FEES ALSO ROSE
ALTHOUGH rates rose marginally in the Town of Victoria Park between the 2012-13 and 2013-14 financial years, the acting chief executive’s salary rose by about $30,000 and councillor meeting fees ballooned by $100,000.
Rates will rise by 4 percent to 12 per cent for 2014-15 with a minimum residential payment of $1030, compared to $933 and $864 respectively in the two preceding financial years.
Released in December, the Town’s 201314 annual report shows that the one employee in the top salary band of $240,000-$249,999 is the chief executive.
Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the position was occupied by Renew Life Program director Anthony Vuleta in an acting role for five months and former chief executive Arthur Kyron for the preceding seven months of the 2013-14 financial year.
In the 2012-13 financial year, Mr Kyron was the one employee in the Town’s $210,000-$219,999 salary band.
Mayor Vaughan said the pay rise was a decision councillors carried unanimously.
The chief executive’s salary band in 2011-12 was $180,000-$189,999, equating to a $60,000 increase over five years.
Mr Vuleta’s salary band in 2012, when he held a director’s position, was $160,000$169,999, meaning his salary has increased by up to $80,000 in the past five years.
At June 30, 2014 four Town employees were paid between $170,000-179,999, one paid between $150,000-$159,999, six between $120,000-$129,000, three between $110,000119,999 and one between $100,000-$109,999.
Meeting fees for councillors increased from $70,000 in the 2012 and 2013 financial years but jumped to a whopping $170,013 for the year ended June 30, 2014, though this was still $35,000 less than the $205,500 the Town budgeted for.
As of July 2013, the Salaries and Allowances Tribunal determined that meeting fees for elected members should increase to attract capable and committed candidates.
The Town must now pay councillors between $363-$550 and its mayor $363-$738 per council meeting and all elected members $181-$275 for committee meetings.
Councillor technology allowances were slightly lower than the previous year, coming in at $31,068.
Mayoral and deputy mayoral allowances remained at $60,000 and $15,000.