Coun­cil­lors vote to in­crease stipends

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON -

PORT HOOD — In­ver­ness mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil­lors have voted to in­crease their stipends to re­flect up­com­ing fed­eral tax changes that elim­i­nate a pro­vi­sion that one—third of a coun­cil­lor’s pay is tax—free.

The tax change comes into ef­fect Jan. 1. Coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously voted in favour of a mo­tion at their meet­ing Thurs­day to ad­just pre­tax com­pen­sa­tion to al­low coun­cil­lors to main­tain the same lev­els of post—tax com­pen­sa­tion af­ter the new rules take ef­fect.

The most it is ex­pected to cost the mu­nic­i­pal­ity is about $8,750 in the 2018—19 fis­cal year, and al­most $35,000 in the 2019—20 fis­cal year.

Prior to the changes go­ing into ef­fect, the war­den of In­ver­ness County re­ceived a gross hon­o­rar­ium of $48,803, with the deputy war­den re­ceiv­ing $37,003 and coun­cil­lors re­ceiv­ing $32,923.

Coun­cil in the Town of Port Hawkes­bury re­cently voted to de­fer a de­ci­sion on any pos­si­ble stipend in­crease to their bud­get de­lib­er­a­tions, while Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil voted to in­crease their gross stipends to en­sure their post—tax pay re­mained the same af­ter the tax rules change.

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