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Committee recommends one per cent pay hike for mayor, 3.5 per cent for councillors

Prince George city council will decide Monday whether to give their successors a pay hike.

An advisory committee on mayor and councillor remuneration is recommending, among other things, that whoever is mayor following the fall election be paid one per cent more than the current mayor and that the next set of city councillors be paid 3.5 per cent more than the current council.

That would move the mayor’s salary from the current $129,461 per year to $130,755 in the new year. It would move the stipend for city councillors from the current $37,908 to $39,234.

It also recommends similar increase on January 1, 2024.

The committee, comprised of chair Martin Taylor, Deborah Abraham, Ethan Anderson, Kyanna Coe and Solomon Kpeh, compared stipends from nine other municipalities in B.C. It found the mayor’s current stipend ranks fourth and the councillors’ rank ninth.

The committee also recommends:

  • In order to ensure parity among the city’s peer municipality group, the committee recommends
    that, effective January 1, 2023, the City of Prince George pay 50 per cent of the extended health and dental benefits premiums for councillors who opt into the group benefits program.
  • To ensure equity and inclusion, the committee recommends that, effective January 1, 2023, the city
    of Prince George reimburse the actual costs to a maximum of $40 per day of babysitting or child-
    minding expenses, for children under the age of 12, incurred by a council member while
    attending a council or committee meeting, event, or official function.
  • Taking into consideration the expanse of the physical boundaries of the municipality and the need for councillors to use a personal vehicle to discharge the duties of their office, the committee
    recommends that Councillors be reimbursed for the use of a personal vehicle for the discharge of the duties of their office at a rate of $250 per month, inclusive of kilometres driven and vehicle insurance as is the case with the mayor’s vehicle allowance in section 4.4 of the bylaw.

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