The salaries and expenses for Summerland’s municipal council came to more than 136,000 in 2020, according to the Statement of Financial Information. (YouTube photo)

The salaries and expenses for Summerland’s municipal council came to more than 136,000 in 2020, according to the Statement of Financial Information. (YouTube photo)

Summerland council cost over $136,000 in 2020

Wages and expenses outlined in 2020 Statement of Financial Information

Democracy in Summerland cost $136,630.05 in 2020, according to information in the municipality’s 2020 Statement of Financial Information.

The salary for Mayor Toni Boot was $32,572.33, while the six councillors each received $16,569.81, for a total of $131,991.19.

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Expenses claimed by all members of council came to $4,638.86.

Boot’s expenses were nearly half of this amount, at $2,252.52. Coun. Richard Barkwill, Coun. Erin Carlson, Coun. Doug Patan and Coun. Erin Trainer each claimed expenses of $389.39, while Coun. Doug Holmes and Coun. Marty Van Alphen each claimed $414.39 in expenses.

By comparison, the costs for 2019 were more than $165,000. While salaries for elected were around the same, expenses claimed by the council members came to more than $32,500. That report was released in June, 2020.

The Statement of Financial Information is a requirement under the Community Charter. Municipalities are required to prepare the statement each year, to be filed with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.

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