Lit­tle less awk­ward

In fu­ture, salary re­view of Char­lot­te­town coun­cil salaries may not af­fect those cur­rently sit­ting

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - HOT ONLINE -

Coun­cil­lors in Char­lot­te­town may not have to worry about re­view­ing their own pay in the fu­ture.

One of the rec­om­men­da­tions in an in­de­pen­dent re­port com­piled by for­mer Hal­i­fax mayor Peter Kelly was that cur­rent coun­cils would no longer be put in that sit­u­a­tion.

In­stead, he rec­om­mends that coun­cils vote to have an in­de­pen­dent re­view be­gin dur­ing the fi­nal year of its man­date and that any changes would not go into ef­fect be­fore a new coun­cil took of­fice.

In Char­lot­te­town’s case, that means the present coun­cil would be­gin the process in 2018, be­fore an elec­tion was held.

“I think that’s a re­ally good rec­om­men­da­tion,’’ Char­lot­te­town Mayor Clifford Lee said Mon­day. “Quite frankly, it’s awk­ward for elected of­fi­cials at any level to deal with their salaries. Hope­fully this will be the last time that you will see a coun­cil hav­ing to deal with their own salaries.’’

Kevin Lacey, At­lantic Canada’s di­rec­tor of the Cana­dian Taxpayers Fed­er­a­tion, says what Char­lot­te­town should be do­ing is set­ting up an in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sion made up of cit­i­zens in the com­mu­nity to make de­ci­sion on salary.

How­ever, Lacey says Kelly’s rec­om­men­da­tion is at least a step in the right di­rec­tion.

“It is a good move. You send the sig­nal to ev­ery­one that is run­ning that ev­ery­one un­der­stands what the pay and ben­e­fits are be­fore they start,’’ Lacey said.

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