Councillors to get a smaller raise this year
Councillors and mayor will get a 1.1 per cent raise, compared to 2.3 per cent last year
Councillors and the mayor are in for a smaller raise this year, with their salary growth coming in under inflation.
Numbers released by Statistics Canada on Thursday indicate that councillors and the mayor will get a 1.1 per cent raise, compared to 2.3 per cent last year.
That means Mayor Mike Savage will get a raise to $182,063.44; newly minted deputy mayor Tony Mancini will get a raise to $97,207.71; and councillors will get a raise to $88,370.65.
Inflation in Nova Scotia year over year in October 2018, based on consumer price index (CPI) was 2.1 per cent, according to the provincial government. Mayor Mike Savage’s salary will top $182,000; councillors $88,300.
The salaries of Halifax regional council’s 16 members and the mayor are calculated using Statistics Canada’s average industrial weekly earnings (AIW). In recommending a new formula to decide
councillors’ pay last year, staff considered tying the numbers to either inflation, using CPI, or AIW.
“While CPI is the better known of the two measures, AIW is more closely linked to
how wages are changing in the local market,” the April 2017 staff report said.
“Therefore it is recommended that the change in the Nova Scotia (AIW) earnings from September to September as reported by Statistics Canada in October of each year be used to adjust remuneration for both the mayor and council.”
With that formula, if the AIW number declines year over year, council and mayoral salaries stay the same. The previous formula used a weighted average of comparable municipalities, and often produced different increases for councillors and the mayor.
Statcan released its average weekly earnings for the month of September 2018 on Thursday. They show a 1.1 per cent increase year over year for Nova Scotia. Last year, they showed a 2.3 per cent increase year over year.
Raises are retroactive to Nov. 1. WWW.THESTAR.COM Nova Scotia’s transportation minister says his department is undertaking an immediate review of parade permits following last weekend’s death of a four-year-old girl at a Christmas parade in Yarmouth.
Lloyd Hines says the traffic services division is considering whether safety conditions can be improved around the permitting process.
The minister also says he’s not ruling out possible safety regulations as part of the new Traffic Safety Act, which was passed last fall.
Hines says it’s not enough to simply put the responsibility for safety onto parade organizers as currently is the case, adding that the province and municipalities need to be more diligent about the enforcement of safety measures.
Nova Scotia to review permit process for parades after girl’s death