As 2021 kicks off, Kelowna, B.C., metropolis councillors are set to get a pay bump throughout the pandemic, and it’s not sitting properly with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
“Proper now, working people who find themselves outdoors of the federal government realm have been kicked within the enamel and so they’ve been kicked within the enamel for nearly a complete 12 months,” stated Kris Sims, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s B.C. director. “Most of us within the personal sector have had wage reductions.”
“If we’re actually all on this collectively, which means politicians don’t get pay raises. And they should repair this proper now,” she added.
Kelowna metropolis councillors presently earn about $37,000 a 12 months. The mayor’s wage sits round $110,000 yearly.
“For metropolis councillors, that’s mid-range (salaries) for a mid-range-sized metropolis that Kelowna is, that’s OK. The mayor incomes greater than $100,000, that’s beginning to stand up there,” Sims stated.
The automated pay enhance relies on the patron worth index for Vancouver, which is launched by Statistics Canada.
The quantity for this 12 months received’t be introduced till Jan. 20, however up till November, it was about 1.2 per cent 12 months over 12 months, in keeping with Statistics Canada.
Nevertheless, regardless that the pay increase is taken into account automated, Sims famous that metropolis council has the facility to vary the bylaw.
Kelowna mayor Colin Basran stated an unbiased third-party job drive did a wage overview 9 years in the past, and council adopted the advice for an automated enhance.
“There will likely be critics, completely,” Kelowna mayor Colin Basran stated. “And to these critics, I might say that because of the pandemic, council’s workload hasn’t modified. And actually, I’d say it’s in all probability the work has gotten more durable.”
The mayor stated he doesn’t plan to make any adjustments to the automated council pay enhance at this level.
“Whereas I admire the pandemic has negatively impacted lots of people, there’s additionally lots of people who’ve seen both their pay enhance or their enterprise has been very profitable because of the pandemic,” Basran stated.
“And there’s been an enormous swath of people that haven’t been impacted in any respect,” he added.
Whereas it’s unlucky that individuals have been impacted by the pandemic, Basran stated there are authorities packages in place to assist.
Metropolis councillor Mohini Singh stated the automated enhance was introduced in to get the politics out of the rise.
“It’s tied to the price of residing,” she stated. “We oversee an organization of $550 million and that comes with enormous accountability.”
“So from a company standpoint, this pay increase is just not seen as an enormous cash seize, it’s only a tiny stipend,” she added.
Singh stated she personally plans to present her pay enhance to the Kelowna Firefighters Charitable Society.
“We’re all going by means of some troublesome instances. This has been a troublesome 12 months for a lot of households, so my thought is no matter tiny bit I get, I’ll donate it again to a neighborhood charity,” Singh stated.
Sims stated that though it’s a step in the proper path, it’s nonetheless not sufficient when different metropolis councils like Burnaby and Vancouver have voted to take a pay minimize.
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