A pay increase could be in the future of incoming city councillors and the mayor, after the October election.
A recommendation was based on input from a public committee due to the recent announcement by the federal government, which eliminates the one third of council salaries be tax free.
As of 2019, the federal government will be taxing the salaries at 100 per cent, but Grande Prairie city council would like the changes to come into effect even sooner, immediately after this fall’s municipal election.
The report which compared provincial municipalities, outlined a wage increase for councillors from $34,000 to $55,000. It also recommends the mayor receive an $11,000 pay hike, from the approximately $91,000 annual income to date.
Mayor Bill Given says the report was made by analyzing the work load of councillors.
“They looked at the size of the city’s budget and compared that to other municipalities and the size of their budgets. They looked at it in terms of the growth rate of our community and the size of our community and they also looked at the number of hours that they were able to estimate, that each council member spends, doing council work.”
“The committee recommended, to make sure that the rate of pay for the mayor is essentially the same, that it would need to have that $11,000 to maintain the same effect of rate,” he added.
Given says the committee made other significant recommendations including city council considering implementing a full-time deputy mayor position. The report also makes several recommendations based on council’s travel policy and compensation for travel.
The report from the three members of the public can be viewed on the city’s website.