Last May, Council voted against a salary increase for themselves with a vote of 4 to 3 but last week, Nicole Beatty gave a notice of Motion that the issue should be reconsidered. So at last night’s regular Council meeting it was on the Agenda. To be considered, a two-thirds majority was needed which would be 5 of the 7 councillors but it so happened that Mayor John Henderson was late to arrive because he was “dropping the puck” at the Cougar’s opening game at the Cobourg Community Centre. In his absence, two thirds was four of the six at the meeting and the motion to reconsider passed 4-2. (See voting details below).
Nicole Beatty originally voted against an increase but at Monday’s meeting said that “a new perspective has come to light” (without elaborating) and presented the motion.
Before a final vote was taken Emily Chorley moved an amendment that the Police board remuneration should be removed from the motion and simply considered during budget deliberations. At that point, Mayor John Henderson joined the meeting and Emily’s motion passed 4-3 (voting details below).
Suzanne Séguin reminded everyone that the motion being considered included the phrase “pending approval in the 2020 operating budget” so there is another opportunity to vote on this issue.
Councillor Burchat said that a third party review was needed and was not in favour of Council over-ruling the Ad Hoc Committee that had been originally setup.
Brian Darling was “very uncomfortable” with voting for an increase during the current term of office.
John Henderson said he wanted more comparison with other municipalities.
Motion re Council remuneration
Here is the motion (after amendment) that was passed.
That Council set the salary for members of Council as follows effective January 1, 2020 and pending approval in the 2020 Operating Budget:
- that the position of Mayor be set at $48,100;
- that the position of Deputy Mayor be set at $38,480;
- that the position of Municipal Councillor be set at $33,670; and
FURTHER THAT a formal review of Council remuneration takes place in the third year of every Council’s term of office by a method of Council’s choosing and
FURTHER that the Police Services Board Remuneration is reviewed during the 2020 budget deliberations and is no longer calculated as a percentage of the salary established for Town of Cobourg Councillors.
Both the Motion to Re-consider and the final motion were recorded votes.
See the links below for more of the history of this issue.
- Surprise Council reversal re Salary Increase – 21 May 2019
- Council Proposes Salary increase to Match Port Hope – 14 May 2019
- Compromise on Council Salaries – Case made by CTA for significantly higher salaries – 15 May 2018
- Council remuneration report – (by Ad Hoc Committee) – 30 April 2018