Raises com­ing

City coun­cil will see in­crease

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE -

Char­lot­te­town city coun­cil­lors will be get­ting a pay raise, but how much is not yet cer­tain.

The raise will be based on the low­est ne­go­ti­ated rates for the city’s var­i­ous unions.

A res­o­lu­tion on the pay raise has not yet come to a vote on the floor of coun­cil cham­bers, which means that it won’t hap­pen this month.

The city is still in the process of ne­go­ti­at­ing with some of the unions. When all the unions have signed, coun­cil mem­bers will re­ceive a raise at the low­est rate, retroac­tive to Jan. 1.

Coun­cil­lors gave them­selves a hefty raise last July when, with­out de­bate, they voted to ac­cept a re­port pre­pared by Peter Kelly on com­pen­sa­tion. Kelly met with each coun­cil mem­ber to ex­am­ine how much time they com­mit­ted to the job.

In the end, Mayor Clifford Lee’s salary jumped from $58,000 to $65,500, an in­crease of 12 per cent; coun­cil­lors’ pay jumped 22 per cent, from $26,700 to $32,700;

The deputy mayor got an 18 per cent boost, from $30,000 to $35,700, as well as an ad­di­tional $3,000 per year for fill­ing in for the mayor.

Coun­cil mem­bers also got free smart­phone pack­ages and In­ter­net ac­cess.

Lee

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