Saanich council approves pay raise to keep pace with other municipalities

Councillors approved Tuesday an additional $666 per year for themselves, and an extra $1,738 for the mayor, retroactive to December 2010. The increases are just under two per cent from, and are based on the average pay of councillors in eight like-sized B.C. municipalities.

Mayor Frank Leonard’s salary will go from $87,280 to $89,019, while the eight councillors’ increase to $34,392 from $33,726.

The average is based on the pay in municipalities as large as Abbotsford (138,179 residents) where the mayor is paid $94,500 and councillors get $37,200, and as small as North Vancouver (82,562 people) where the mayor gets $93,838 and councillors, $38,261.

Kamloops, Kelowna and Nanaimo (similarly sized communities) pay their elected officials less.

Compared to 2005 figures, Mayor Frank Leonard makes 29.7 per cent more than he did ($68,616), while the councillors make 44.5 per cent more than they did ($23,342).

In comparison, the mayor of Victoria (83,362) has seen a 32 per cent spike since 2005, and 72 per cent jump for its councillors.

Saanich Coun. Vicki Sanders said the increase can be justified by councillors who “work very hard” and the fact their duties are becoming a nearly full-time job.

kslavin@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

Victoria non-profit empowers women escaping abusive homes with a fresh start

Organization’s gift certificate program helped around 400 women last year

VIDEO: Royal Bay Secondary students take flight in ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

Play tells the story of the orphan who becomes Peter Pan

Sidney designer showing killer collection at Van Fashion Week

A young Sidney designer is showing her 14 piece collection Obsidian Nights at Vancouver Fashion Week

WATCH: Oak Bay wins regional skating competition

Winning tradition continues leading up to provincials

Volunteers begin work on memorial garden for former Metchosin counsellor

Garden a fitting tribute to Moralea Milne, a champion of Garry oak ecosystems

VIDEO: Iconic ‘snow cone’ takes shape at B.C. park near Clearwater

Snow cone forming at Wells Gray Provincial Park one that would make Disney’s Queen Elsa proud

POLL: Will you be wearing pink to take a stand against bullying?

Schools and workplaces across Greater Victoria and around the province will be… Continue reading

Indigenous leaders, politicians say Trans Mountain report flawed

The National Energy Board has endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline a second time

UPDATE: Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

Legislation to protect B.C. farmland comes into effect

Regulations enhance food security, encourage long-term farming

Have you heard the legend of Shuswaggi, the Shuswap Lake monster?

Witness accounts as old as 1904, and as recent as 2018, place a creature in the lake’s depths

UPDATE: B.C. ticket holder winner of $25.9-million Lotto Max jackpot

Next draw set for Mar. 1 with an estimated jackpot of $10 million

B.C.-based ‘Team Tardi’ brings home gold in junior curling worlds

In a 9-4 victory over Switzerland, a Langley-based curling team earned its 2nd straight world title

B.C. weavers to help Alaska Native project honouring survivors of violence

Dozens of Chilkat and Ravenstail weavers from all over North America will be weaving 5-inch-by-5-inch squares

Most Read