City Council Gives Back

November 5, 2013

CITY OF PITT MEADOWS

CITY COUNCIL GIVES BACK

Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 2013 #2013-19
For further information, call
Deb Walters, Mayor 604-465-2416
www.pittmeadows.bc.ca 

PITT MEADOWS, BC - Pitt Meadows City Council struggled last week with a bylaw that recommended a 7% increase in their remuneration, at the same time they were discussing proposed budget cuts and demands for no new taxes. In the end, each member has decided to donate the proposed amount or a portion of the increase back to a local charity. The Council Indemnity Bylaw was created after recommendations were put forward by an independent panel of citizens reviewing Council remuneration back in 2007. Council salaries are reviewed on January 1 of each year. The mayor's salary is adjusted to 75 per cent of the published median salary of all Metro Vancouver mayors for the preceding year, while Councillors make 37.5 per cent of the mayor's salary. Given the high increase figure this year, Council has agreed to review the Bylaw, re-evaluate the method for calculating indemnity rates and adjust accordingly so that these anomalies do not occur in the future.

Pitt Meadows City Council struggled last week with a bylaw that recommended a 7% increase in their remuneration, at the same time they were discussing proposed budget cuts and demands for no new taxes. In the end, each member has decided to donate the proposed amount or a portion of the increase back to a local charity. The Council Indemnity Bylaw was created after recommendations were put forward by an independent panel of citizens reviewing Council remuneration back in 2007. Council salaries are reviewed on January 1 of each year. The mayor's salary is adjusted to 75 per cent of the published median salary of all Metro Vancouver mayors for the preceding year, while Councillors make 37.5 per cent of the mayor's salary. Given the high increase figure this year, Council has agreed to review the Bylaw, re-evaluate the method for calculating indemnity rates and adjust accordingly so that these anomalies do not occur in the future.

Mayor Walters was extremely proud of the generosity of Council and their ongoing desire to continue to support their City and the people who live here, and said, "as leaders of our City we realize that we can't ask others to do with less, unless we are willing to do so as well. Therefore, the members of our Council have individually committed to make a donation to the charity of their choice throughout the next year. Some members would like to spread out their donations to a number of community groups, while others would like to earmark their portions to a specific group or activity such as the Centennial celebrations."

Mayor Walters also noted that her colleagues "recognize the need to work together to keep our community strong and vibrant, and giving back is a culture engrained around the Council table, throughout the corporation and within the community as a whole."

Council directed staff to add the Indemnity Bylaw review into their 2014 work plan.

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