Coun­cil votes for pay raise

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY NIGEL ARMSTRONG

Char­lot­te­town coun­cil­lors have given them­selves a hefty raise.

Quickly, with­out de­bate, city coun­cil voted Mon­day on a res­o­lu­tion to ac­cept a re­port pre­pared by Peter Kelly on com­pen­sa­tion. Kelly says in the re­port he met with coun­cil­lors to ask them how much time they com­mit to the job.

“An ex­ten­sive re­view of the com­pen­sa­tion for coun­cil has not taken place in Char­lot­te­town in the last four years,” says the re­port.

It’s time to see if the pay is in line with the work done and in line with other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of sim­i­lar size across Canada, it says. The re­port was com­pleted last month.

The res­o­lu­tion to ac­cept it passed nine to three with Coun­cil­lors Ed­ward Rice, Bob Do­iron and Jason Coady vot­ing against.

The re­port also gives all coun­cil mem­bers free smart­phone pack­ages and In­ter­net ac­cess.

For re­tire­ment ben­e­fits, coun­cil­lors can choose to join the city’s em­ployee pen­sion plan or get the same 12.25 per cent for a self-di­rected re­tire­ment plan.

Ve­hi­cle mileage will be the same as pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees.

The re­port also says the fu­ture salary in­creases take place ev­ery Jan. 1 for an amount equal to what­ever city union gets the low­est in­crease for that par­tic­u­lar year.

Now is not the time for vot­ing in a pay in­crease, said Rice af­ter the meet­ing.

He said he is for­tu­nate enough in his own per­sonal sit­u­a­tion to be able to give all his city coun­cil pay back to the com­mu­nity.

That in­cludes a per­sonal do­na­tion to keep Char­lot­te­town Po­lice Ser­vices of­fi­cer Tim Keizer in Colonel Gray High school, said Rice.

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