Coun­cil gets more pay to o set loss of tax break


Town coun­cil mem­bers are giv­ing them­selves a pay hike to make up for the loss of a fed­eral per­sonal in­come tax break.

e new changes take e ect next month and mean coun­cil­lors will no longer be able to claim up to a third of their pay as tax-free. Coun­cil voted Dec. 3 to in­crease their pay, so their net wages will re­main the same.

“With the out­lined in­creases, mem­bers of coun­cil will re­tain the same net pay as they cur­rently have, af­ter the one-third por­tion is taxed,” said Mike Dolter, chief ad­min­is­tra­tive o - cer for the Town of Truro, in an email.

Mayor Bill Mills is re­ceiv­ing an in­crease of $7,062; Deputy-mayor Tom Chisholm is get­ting an ex­tra $3,515, while reg­u­lar coun­cil­lors will re­ceive $3,089 more, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures sup­plied by the Town of Truro.

Presently, the mayor’s an­nual net wage works out to about $36,500; the deputy mayor’s is at just un­der $25,000 and coun­cil­lors re­ceive just over $22,000.

e to­tal cost of the town’s pay hike is $26,021.

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