Council salaries to increase significantly in 2019

Richmond News

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie’ salary will go up between $35,000 and $39,000 in 2019 to compensate for losing a federal tax exemption for one-third of his salary.

A motion by Coun. Kelly Greene to cancel large pay increases for mayor and council was defeated at last Wednesday’s council meeting but another motion to allow councillors to waive their increase passed. …

taff is recommending the increase to the mayor’s salary as well as an increase between $9,000 and $12,000 for councillors after their federal tax exemption of one-third of their salary was cancelled.

Brodie called the decision by the federal government to cut the one-third tax exemption, a subsidy to municipalities, “regrettable.” He added that the previous salary levels were based on having the tax exemption, and this is a salary “adjustment,” not a “raise.” …

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