City council pay grades reviewed

Kelowna council has adopted the recommendations of a report on how much the mayor and councillors are paid.

That report cited that the $89,458 base salary the mayor currently receives is substantially lower than the average for Lower Mainland mayors ($97,124) but slightly higher than the average salary mayors of major cities in the B.C. Interior receive ($87,458).

As for councillors, while a similar situation occurs, the disparity is even greater at both ends.

The average Lower Mainland councillor receives a base salary of $39,992 compared with the $31,310 a councillor in Kelowna receives. Councillors in major cities in the Interior receive an average base salary of $28,421.

The figures are from a report on municipal compensation for B.C. elected officials conducted for the City of Abbotsford.

In Kelowna, during the last year of the three-year term for council members, a remuneration task force is struck using selected members of the public to review what the mayor and councillors are paid. It recommends changes. If approved,  the changes take effect after the upcoming election.

Earlier this year, the task force recommended that until 2014, there not be the usual annual cost of living increase.

It did, however, recommend a cost-shared health benefits plan for the mayor be adopted, with the city paying $1,700 per year towards the cost of the premium.

Those recommendations were adopted at the Monday afternoon council meeting  .



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