Serving as mayor of Revelstoke could become a little more lucrative should council choose to approve a pay increase recommended by the city’s chief administrator.
In a report to council, Tim Palmer, the City of Revelstoke’s Chief Administrative Officer, is recommending the mayor’s pay be increased to $33,000 per year from $28,000, and that council pay be increased by $1,000 to $15,000 per year.
The pay increases would go into effect in 2015, following the election of a new council.
“Advantages for adjusting the remuneration rates at this time is that the incoming council will not be faced with this decision early in their term, the increase can provide an incentive for potential candidates that may otherwise be reluctant to run to the cost of being on council,” writes Palmer in his report. “Disadvantages for adjusting the remuneration rate at this time is that council may feel this is more appropriate for the incoming council to consider as they review a number of policy issues.”
The report can be read at the end of the article.
The increase would put the remuneration of mayor and council closer to that of similar sized communities, according to Palmer’s report. The report looks at 22 other communities with populations ranging from 6,665 to 13,596 and puts the average pay for mayor at $33,265 and council at $14,680.
Council last voted itself a raise prior to the 2011 election. Prior to that, the mayor earned $22,000 per year and councillor’s $11,000. If the new pay packages are improved, that would mean the mayor’s remuneration will have gone up by 50 per cent since 2011.
The issue is set to be discussed at the council meeting on Tuesday, May 27.