Coun­cil mem­bers cost 5.6% more in 2017

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

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.

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