Council cost $470 more in 2017
North Glengarry council members cost taxpayers about $470 more in 2017 than they did in 2016.
Last year, remuneration and expenses totalled $150,844, compared to $150,370 in 2016.
Mike Depratto was the most frugal councillor of 2017, according to figures shared at council’s March 19 meeting.
Mr. Depratto, councillor for the Alexandria ward, received $17,104.56 for his work on council last year. That included his basic remuneration of $14,842.80, the salary all four ward councillors receive.
However, Mr. Depratto’s corporate expenses were the lowest of all seven elected officials, coming in at only $547.32.
Lochiel Ward Councillor Brian Caddell was right above Mr. Depratto, charging $759.36 in corporate expenses.
Although all four ward councillors spent roughly the same on conference registrations, Mr. Depratto’s conference expenses were, by far, the lowest. His expenses in 2017 were an anemic $432.26; Jeff Manley, Carma Williams and Brian Caddell recorded conference expense totals of $2,392.14, $2,468.04, and $2,760.24 respectively.
For his part, Mr. Depratto downplayed his apparent frugalness, saying that he didn’t incur as much expenses as his colleagues because he didn’t travel as much.
He said that all the committees that he sits on are local, adding that other councillors sat on the Save Our Schools committee and, therefore, travelled a lot more than he did in 2017.
Mayor Chris McDonell, received the highest total amount of all seven council members – being paid $31,984.73.
His basic remuneration was $28,543.56, more than $10,000 more than the salary of DeputyMayor Jamie MacDonald, whose total amount paid was $23,122.71.
Councillor Manley received a total of $20,796, while Councilor Williams $20,657, Councillor Caddell $19,507 and Councillor-atlarge Jacques Massie received $17,670.
In 2017, members were paid $122,167 in salaries, reimbursed $12,160 for corporate expenses, and $16,516 for conference expenses.
In 2016, members were paid $119,888.72 in salaries, reimbursed $12,836.17 for mileage and $17,645 for workshop and conference expenses. --