Coun­cil cost $470 more in 2017

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - Steven Warburton

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. --

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