At the June 20 Committee of the Whole (CoW) meeting, Council compensation will once again be on the Agenda. This has been a long discussion in Council with some strong on the idea that Councillors should not be in it for the money and others saying that considering hours worked, base salaries are less than the minimum wage. Support for an increase is closely divided (more in Resources below). It’s certainly contentious so at the March meeting, a motion was passed to get a recommendation from a compensation expert. That expert will present her report at the next CoW meeting on June 20. Marianne Love bases her recommendation on a comparison with similar Councils and not on an evaluation of the work done and concludes that current compensation is appropriate – no increase is warranted.
But Council did not ask for a comparison – they asked for “a formal review of Council remuneration” – so will the recommendation based on “comparative statistics” be accepted? There was no review of what would be fair pay for the work done.
A couple of factors highlighted by the review had not been previously discussed:
- Councillors get benefits that are paid for. These include laptops, cell-phones, expenses including attendance at conferences and mileage and some group benefits (Group Insurance but not OMERS or an RRSP).
- There is a Cost of Living adjustment – this July 1 it will be 6.91%.
As a result, base salaries on July 1, 2022 will be:
Mayor: $45,412; Deputy Mayor: $31,082; Councillor: $25,963
Conversely, the “expert” made no mention of other money received that is directly possible because of their role as Councillor. This includes significant amounts for the Mayor and smaller amounts for others (notably for the Police Service Board, $6,824/year for Aaron Burchat). Details are available on the Council Page on Cobourg Internet here.
A healthy debate is expected although there is no agenda item for an action.
A decision may also affect who runs in the October election. So far, only Mayor Henderson and Councillor Bureau have said they will run again.
- Council Salaries debated – 8 March 2022 – includes record of motion to hire an expert.
- Councillor Salaries back on the Agenda – 28 February 2022 – includes record of 3 earlier votes.
- Download Presentation by Marianne Love from ML Compensation