Re­mu­ner­a­tion on the agenda

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We asked Cor­ner Brook coun­cil about the pos­si­bil­ity of changes to their re­mu­ner­a­tion.

Coun­cil­lors with the City of Cor­ner Brook will vote Nov. 19 on whether or not to in­crease the re­mu­ner­a­tion they re­ceive. Coun. Bernd Staeben pre­sented a no­tice of mo­tion to re­peal the city’s ex­ist­ing coun­cil re­mu­ner­a­tion and re­im­burse­ment reg­u­la­tions and any re­lated amend­ments ef­fec­tive Dec. 31, 2018, and to then ap­prove a new set of reg­u­la­tions, with the in­creases, ef­fec­tive Jan.1, 2019. The no­tice of mo­tion read by Staeben said the reg­u­la­tions were en­acted in 2003 and have had a num­ber of amend­ments since then. It also states that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s Bill C44 re­moved the abil­ity for any mu­nic­i­pal­ity to pay up to one third of a coun­cil­lor’s re­mu­ner­a­tion as a non-tax­able ex­pense al­lowance. The cur­rent ver­sion of the city’s re­mu­ner­a­tion reg­u­la­tion had in­cluded this con­di­tion, and has to be re­moved in or­der to com­ply with fed­eral leg­is­la­tion. As a re­sult of this change, it’s be­ing pro­posed to ad­just the coun­cil re­mu­ner­a­tion ef­fec­tive Jan­uary 2019 ac­cord­ingly to re­flect a neu­tral im­pact on a coun­cil’s net salary.

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