Big pay rise for Town CEO


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Town Of Victoria Park - Michele Nu­gent

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.

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