West Kelowna council will see wages for it’s members rise by the 2018 CPI increase next year. But to get that increase, members of the current council will have to be re-elected in October’s civic election.—Image: City of West Kelowna

CPI to be used to hike council salaries in West Kelowna

Mayor says city keeping the status quo when it comes to how it increases politicians’ pay

West Kelowna council has formalized its plan to hike the salary of the mayor and councillors by the consumer prize index each year from now on.

Earlier this week, council voted to, in the the words of Mayor Doug Findlater, “maintain the status quo,” by approving a plan to continue using the annual increase in the CPI as the yearly raise for the city’s elected politicians.

That means next year the mayor will be paid $67,253, plus an adjustment based on the CPI for the 12-month period from January to December this year, while each of the six councillors will receive $22,826 plus an adjustment based on the CPI for the same period.

In 2020, and effective each Jan. 1 after that, the mayoral and councillor indemnities will be adjusted based on the CPI for the previous year. If the amount is negative, salaries will remain at the level they are at that time.

“I just want to state that we went through this extensively last week and essentially what we are doing is (maintaining) the status quo with the CPI,” said Mayor Doug Findlater earlier this week at a council meeting.

Some other municipalities set up outside committees to study council remuneration and make recommendations in the last year before a civic election in order to set the wages for the incoming council members.

In West Kelowna’s case, it also plans to provide council members with a five per cent increase in the per diem for meals when representing the city on municipal business or during out-of-town travel on behalf of the city. The new meal per diems will range between $16 and $21 for breakfast, $21 and $32 for lunch and $33 and $54 for dinner depending on where the elected official goes in B.C. as well as out province.

In addition, an annual expense provision of $250 for the mayor and $100 each for councillors will be provided for entertaining guests on municipal business within the city boundaries.

To report a typo, email: edit@kelownacapnews.com.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Lightning strikes West Kelowna condo

Fire crews were called to a building on Carrington Road Tuesday night

UPDATE: Smoke rising from Okanagan Mountain Park hills

Lightning may have sparked a fire in the hills across from Peachland

Lightning strikes across B.C. Interior

Residents are being asked to go inside until last rumble of thunder

Update: Lightning sparks blaze above Summerland

Firefighters are battling the small fire from the area that occurred Tuesday shortly after 7 p.m.

UPDATE: Crews battle wildfire near Big White Road

Joe Rich Fire Department responding alongside Big White Fire Department and provincial crews.

Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhound’s western pullout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s asked Transport Minister Marc Garneau to find solutions in Greyhound Canada’s absence.

Lightning sparks wildfires in Vernon

Tuesday night storm causes wildfire in BX and residential fire in East Hill

Crash closes Highway 5A in both directions

A collision has shut down Highway 5A about 22 kilometres south of the junction with Highway 97C

Hub for mental health and addictions treatment opens at B.C. hospital

St. Paul’s Hospital HUB is an acute medical unit that includes 10 patient beds

Pike Mountain fire continues to grow – quadruples in 24 hours

Fire threatens area consumed in 2017 by a 3,500 hectare blaze

Vernon Knights hire Van Horlick

New head coach of Junior B franchise in Armstrong

St. Albert knocks down Canadians

Finals of Valley of the Champions

Restaurant Brands International to review policy over poaching employees

One of Canada’s largest fast-food company to review ‘no-poach’ franchise agreements

Calgary family’s vacation ends in tragedy on Texas highway

Three people died and four others were injured in the crash

Most Read