Brampton councillors have decided that they’ve done such a good job lately, they should receive a 7% pay raise. Did you receive a 7% increase at your job?
Councillors will make $84,495, up from $78,713. The mayor will see a 24% increase from $112,307 to $139,374.
The issue was brought up in a motion in council last week. To her credit, Mayor Linda Jeffrey tried to have the increase deferred to at least 2018, when a new council sits down.
But, her colleagues decided in a 6-5 vote that her suggestion was silly.
Jeffrey remarked that citizens won’t be happy with the fact that this will cost them an extra $546,000 over the next few years. She campaigned on the promise that she would slash her pay by $50,000, following the controversy surrounding the fact that former mayor Susan Fennell was the highest-paid mayor in Canada. She followed through on this promise.
This pay increase also comes with a 94% increase in pension contributions for every councillor.
Who decided that they needed a pay bump? a citizen-run compensation committee. One councillor, Cael Miles, remarked that she wanted to follow the recommendations of the citizen-run compensation committee. “I respect the time and consideration they gave, and I supported their recommendation,” Miles said.
Who should determine the level of a politician’s pay? Politicians or taxpayers?