LONG SAULT – South Stormont council has voted itself an inflationary raise.
The raise was passed by council last night (March 9, 2016) after reviewing a report by CAO Betty de Haan.
It now means Mayor Jim Bancroft is paid $25,400 a year ($25,000 in 2015), Deputy Mayor Tammy Hart is getting $16,764 ($16,500 in 2015) and councillors Dave Smith, Donna Primeau and Richard Waldroff make $14,224 ($14,000 in 2015).
The raise is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2016 and is based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which is Statistics Canada’s index for the prices of a collection of goods and services.
The pay for the mayor and councillors went through an alignment in 2013 to reflect other municipalities like South Stormont following a consultant’s review.
In the case of council pay, one third of their paycheque is tax deductible.