How do you feel about re­mu­ner­a­tion and the pos­si­bil­ity of see­ing it change in this mo­tion?

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Mayor Jim Par­sons

Of course, there will be de­bate on the is­sue, but I do be­lieve that it’s only fair that coun­cil­lors are al­lowed to have the same take-home pay, as they do cur­rently, in the com­ing year.

Deputy Mayor Bill Grif­fin

First of all, I don’t see it as a raise. The is­sue here is the in­come tax process has changed. Ba­si­cally, all this will do is put us back where we are now. We had a win­dow there where, as mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers, you get a tax break on a cer­tain per­cent­age, but that’s since been re­moved. So, the way I see it is that it’s putting me, per­son­ally, back to where I was, and I don’t see as an in­crease and I’m fine with it.

Coun. Linda Chais­son

On the 19th I will let you know how I’m go­ing to vote. Once a no­tion of mo­tion comes for­ward then it’s not dis­cussed and in my mind I won’t be dis­cussing it un­til the 19th.

Coun. Tony Buckle

We need re­mu­ner­a­tion to at­tract good peo­ple. Also, for chang­ing that, I guess that’s go­ing to be de­bated on Nov. 19 and I hope all coun­cil­lors will keep an open mind. That’s why we look for­ward to hav­ing peo­ple from the news me­dia to find out ex­actly how all the coun­cil­lors feel about it so that’s how I feel about it. So, I’m wait­ing un­til we have an op­por­tu­nity to get into de­bate it.

Coun. Josh Carey

Re­mu­ner­a­tion should be pro­vided to any coun­cil in ac­cor­dance with the level of ac­tiv­ity and in ac­cor­dance with the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties at­tached to the po­si­tion. In terms of in­crease in re­mu­ner­a­tion, I’m go­ing to leave that ques­tion un­til we get into pub­lic coun­cil cham­ber.

Coun. Bernd Staeben

I see this as a read­just­ment of our re­im­burse­ment we get from the City of Cor­ner Brook and I don’t see that as a raise. I think it’s a read­just­ment from the Canada Rev­enue Agency in chang­ing tax­a­tion sys­tems.

Coun. Vaughn Gran­ter

I’ve been giv­ing it some se­ri­ous thought over the past few days since the mo­tion has been brought for­ward. I’m lean­ing one way to a vote. I ba­si­cally got my mind made up, but I will give all of the coun­cil­lors a chance on that par­tic­u­lar evening to voice their opin­ions and lis­ten to what ev­ery­one else says around the coun­cil ta­ble, and I will ar­tic­u­late, on that par­tic­u­lar evening, my an­swer to the ques­tion and to how I will par­tic­u­larly vote on that par­tic­u­lar evening and I will ar­tic­u­late to the peo­ple of Cor­ner Brook the rea­sons why I will vote one way or an­other. So, I will say to the peo­ple of Cor­ner Brook ba­si­cally stay tuned for what I will have to say.

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