BROCKTON – While Brockton council members don’t earn anywhere near the salaries of their Toronto city counterparts, as was pointed out by one councillor, they will be earning a bit more each year, following approval of a staff recommendation on council remuneration.
Council will be getting an annual increase in accordance with the Statistics Canada Ontario Consumer Price Index.
In 2018, the previous council appointed a council remuneration committee to make recommendations for the new term of council’s remuneration. This followed two terms of council with no wage increase.
At the Aug. 24 meeting, council discussed the option of reconvening the remuneration committee. The other option that council approved was to follow the same policy as for staff, and link the amount to the consumer price index posted in August each year. This would ensure a fair increase each year and eliminate the need to play catch-up.
In preparing the report, staff consulted neighbouring municipalities. Four of the five that responded follow the policy of an annual increase consistent with staff, while the fifth had a staff recommendation for such an increase, although council often decides on zero increases. The report noted the remuneration committee had said this was not a good practice.
By opting for the same policy as staff, council would receive small but regular increases over time.
Coun. Kym Hutcheon noted council remuneration is fully taxable, and the work load has increased substantially over the years. Coun. Tim Elphick said he did not support the increase. “I do not believe the Consumer Price Index is a good indicator.”
Coun. Steve Adams commented that Brockton is on par with other councils in the area, and he supported the report. He later said Brocton councillors don’t make anywhere near what Toronto City council members get, noting remuneration for Brockton councillors had been in the range of $11,000 per year, which went up to $14,000 or so per year when the province eliminated the tax-free portion.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times