2.4% raise

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY AN­GELA BROWN News Staff

North Glen­garry coun­cil mem­bers will have some ex­tra money in their pock­ets af­ter giv­ing them­selves a raise when they ap­proved the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s 2015 bud­get.

For 2015, re­flect­ing a cost of liv­ing in­crease of 2.4 per cent, the mayor will re­ceive $27,706, deputy mayor $17,732, coun­cil­lor-at-large $15,516, and the four ward coun­cil­lors $14,408 each in an­nual re­mu­ner­a­tion for a to­tal of $118,586. When ex­penses and ben­e­fits are in­cluded, coun­cil mem­bers will cost taxpayers $157,000 this year.

In 2014 coun­cil salaries were bud­geted at $115,800 and came in just un­der that amount at $115,716. The to­tal bud­get for rep­re­sen­ta­tives was $147,600 with an ac­tual cost of $148,993.

Trea­surer Jo­hanna (An­nie) Levac said the in­crease will help cover ad­di­tional con­fer­ence costs and mem­bers’ ex­penses, mak­ing up for last year’s re­duc­tions in these al­lo­ca­tions. Mayor Chris McDonell con­curred that last year mem­bers didn’t at­tend cer­tain con­fer­ences in or­der to keep costs down. He at­tended only one con­ven­tion, the Good Roads As­so­ci­a­tion meet­ing in Toronto.

That ex­pense was cov­ered by Stor­mont-Dun­das-Glen­garry United Coun­ties.

“It’s a good thing; it’s fair,” he said of the in­crease in re­mu­ner­a­tion, adding that ex­penses such as cell­phones also im­pact costs. The new salary will be ad­justed each year in ac­cor­dance with the Con­sumer Price In­dex cal­cu­lated by Sta­tis­tics Canada.

For con­fer­ences held out­side of Ot­tawa, the travel al­lowance is $250 for 2015, an in­crease from $200 last year; while the con­fer­ence al­lowance is $170 per day, up from $150 in 2014. One-third of the re­mu­ner­a­tion is to cover coun­cil-re­lated ex­penses.

Cit­i­zens who sit on com­mit­tees will re­ceive $60 for each meet­ing they at­tend, while sub-com­mit­tee mem­bers will not re­ceive any form of re­mu­ner­a­tion.

The mayor will re­ceive an ex­pense al­lowance up to $5,000; any ex­pense over $1,000 must be pre-au­tho­rized through a coun­cil res­o­lu­tion. Like the coun­ties, North Glen­garry is mak­ing ad­just­ments to mileage al­lowances to re­flect fluc­tu­at­ing gas prices in­stead of pay­ing a flat rate.

This will re­sult in sav­ings for taxpayers since in­stead of us­ing a flat rate, which was 49 cents a kilo­me­tre, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity will rely on cur­rent prices. At the cur­rent price, the rate would be 43 cents per kilo­me­tre.

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