If you live in B.C., the amount your mayor and councillors make annually may surprise you.
The question of salary has come into question recently as Victoria, as well as Revelstoke are seeking to raise that amount significantly.
“If we expect our mayor to work full-time, and you … want the mayor to be at all these meetings and chairing meetings with ministers, we need to pay appropriately,” said Revelstoke Councillor Cody Younker.
Younker’s proposal asked to raise their wage by $10,000 to $25,000. Meanwhile, Victoria is asking the public to weigh in on an increase from $45,384 to $70,100 for councillors.
So, how much does each B.C. mayor and its councillors make?
A new report by CBC News this week revealed the salaries of the mayors in the province.
It shows the highest paying mayors make over $100,000 with Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley at the top. Vancouver’s mayor Kennedy Stewart sits just below.
But for smaller communities, with populations under 80,000, its mayors make an average of $45,000/year. The lowest on that list is Belcarra’s mayor at $13,885.81.
Mayors with a salary of over $150,000 include:
- Burnaby – $176,627
- Vancouver – $174,257.68
- Coquitlam – $173,765
- Richmond – $172,210
- Delta – $154,256
Councillors on the other hand make less than $40,000 for about 140 of B.C.’s 162 municipalities. Belcarra once again has the lowest paid staff at $6,942.95/year.
According to CBC News, the municipalities with the highest paid councillors are:
- Vancouver – $86,266.18
- Richmond – $78,112
- Surrey – $74,966
- Burnaby – $72,746
- Coquitlam – $68,900
Most mayors and councillors have seen a slight increase in salaries over the last two years.
That came after the federal government removed a bylaw, allowing municipal politicians to claim a third of their income as tax-free.
Regardless of how much B.C. mayors take home, it’s still a third of what TransLink’s CEO makes. In 2018, his income sat at $405,242, while a new plan for this year would set him at a minimum of $406,634 and a maximum of $517,000. (Meanwhile, Transit workers are going on strike, with wages and working conditions at the center of the conflict.)
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