Council members cost 5.6% more in 2017
Deputy-Mayor Frank Prevost was South Glengarry council’s top earner in 2017, receiving a total of $37,561.45 for expenses and remu- neration – 31.4 per cent over 2016’s total of $28,579.47.
Much of the increase could be attributed to the deputy-mayor’s increasing duties as chairman of the Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) board of directors.
A total of $9,911.40 of the deputy-mayor’s overall 2017 earnings were RRCA-related.
Mayor Ian McLeod was second in earnings, at $31,181.15 – a 4.6 per cent increase from 2016 – followed by councillors Lyle Warden at $26,890.83 (an increase of 11 per cent), Trevor Bougie at $21,626.71 (down 13 per cent), and Bill McKenzie at $19,412.64 (a 35 per cent increase).
However, Coun. McKenzie’s raise is reflective of a full year of municipal service in 2017.
In 2016, he wasn’t added to the council pay- roll until April, when he replaced Joyce Gravelle who’d resigned her council seat the previous month.
Overall, South Glengarry council’s total expenses and remuneration in 2017 were up 5.8 per cent from 2016’s numbers.
Combined council-related expenses – remuneration, mileage, communications and supplies, per diem, and conferences – were $136,672.78 last year, compared to $129,230.60 in 2016. The 2017 remuneration sum of $101,030.76 accounted for 74 per cent of the total.