Remuneration on the agenda
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.