Kensington agrees to pay cut

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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.

Geographic location: Kensington

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  • Summerside Resident
    February 16, 2016 - 16:27

    Well Mayor Bill Martin and Council should of done the same thing. Raising electrical and water/sewer were were hadr to take after all the door to door promises. Than to be hit with a second raise withing one and half years to the tune of 22% is sickening and just not right. So, to say Mr Martin ,you did not know what an honoarium was is just another lie to the electorate. Yourself and Council should be ashamed to show your faces. Great leadership and fiscial restraint by Mayor Caseley and Council. Mr Martin should take a lesson from you people on honesty and ust what an oath is as well how elected representatives have the responsibility to manage taxpayers money in a prudent way not the greedy looking after ones self way. You are gaining absolute no respect Mr Martin and should resign

  • de udder guy
    February 16, 2016 - 16:03

    Their sacrifice knows no boundaries apparently. Usually these are seen as only symbolic and rarely represent structural change or a new approach. Aaaand this is the same thing this time, if this is to been seen as groundbreaking or sacrifice it is not.

  • Pat McGowan
    February 16, 2016 - 14:08

    This was a good move and shows they are in it for their community.Congrats!!!