Pay hike coming for city council

Published on January 25, 2016
Pay hike coming for city council

Charlottetown city councillors will be getting a pay raise, but how much is not yet certain.

The raise will be based on the lowest negotiated rates for the city’s various unions.

A resolution on the pay raise has not yet come to a vote on the floor of council chambers, which means that it won’t happen this month.

The city is still in the process of negotiating with some of the unions. When all the unions have signed, council members will receive a raise at the lowest rate, retroactive to Jan. 1.

Councillors gave themselves a hefty raise last July when, without debate, they voted to accept a report prepared by Peter Kelly on compensation. Kelly met with each council member to examine how much time they committed to the job.

In the end, Mayor Clifford Lee’s salary jumped from $58,000 to $65,500, an increase of 12 per cent; councillors’ pay jumped 22 per cent, from $26,700 to $32,700;

The deputy mayor got an 18 per cent boost, from $30,000 to $35,700, as well as an additional $3,000 per year for filling in for the mayor.

Council members also got free smartphone packages and Internet access.