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

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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

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