Mayor, council take 0.9 per cent cut to honorariums
KENSINGTON – Kensington’s mayor and council are taking home less money.
The six-person council, along with Kensington Mayor Rowan Caseley, unanimously agreed to take a 0.9 per cent cut in their annual lump sum pay.
“Our policy states that the remuneration for the mayor, the deputy mayor and councillors will be adjusted each year by a rate equivalent to the CPI (Consumer Price Index) on P.E.I. compounded and rounded up to the nearest dollar,” said the town’s manager, Geoff Baker. “We ran it from October 2014 to October 2015 and the CPI was -0.9 per cent, so that’s what we applied to their honorariums.”
That policy was adopted in 2011 and set out an annual honorarium of $5,000 for the town’s mayor, $3,500 for the deputy mayor and $2,500 for individual councillors.
Since then, pay increases each year have ranged from one to two per cent based on CPI.
“It being a policy, they certainly always have the ability to modify a policy or modify a bylaw in a public manner. They always have that ability,” said Baker. “The discussion we had at a staff level was with the mayor as to how we would handle it this year. We never dealt with an issue where CPI had actually been a negative. It was agreed we would apply CPI as per the terms of the policy.”
Honorariums are paid out in mid-November each year. The mayor and councillors do get reimbursed for travel, at 47 cents per kilometre, related to council business.