At last week’s Committee of the Whole, Council voted to schedule an increase in their salaries on Jan 1, 2020 subject to budget deliberations this fall. The vote was 6-1 in favour but at the full Council meeting when the motion would normally be routinely confirmed, Councillors opened the motion for debate. Suzanne Séguin changed the motion in the Agenda to include a review of Police Board compensation and also other groups such as Holdco and GRCA boards. Brian Darling then asked that a full review should also be done for Councillors. Treasurer Ian Davey advised that Council had no control over the compensation of “other” boards so the amendment was then rejected. Susanne said that in any event, increases might get rejected when the 2020 budget was reviewed in the Fall. She said that she wanted to be fair to the Police board members.
In the end, a motion to increase salaries as described in the table below was put to a vote although it included a requirement to review Police Board compensation.
|Salary Prior to 2018||Current Salary||Proposed Salary|
Brian Darling called for a recorded vote which was as follows – in the sequence that the vote was taken. Red indicates a vote changed since COW meeting:
|COW vote (not recorded)||Final Vote|
So the vote was 4 – 3 against. So there will be no raise in January 2020 and salaries will remain as shown under “Current Salary”. The only debate was the one described above; no councillor expressed any reason to change their vote although Brian Darling was consistently against. The salaries will remain per the current salaries in the table above unless another motion is made and passed – which is unlikely. However, it’s quite possible that in the third year, a review will be made for an increase for the next term of council. Note that there will still be a CPI adjustment each year.