Lantzville councillors have voted to give themselves a pay raise starting next year. (News Bulletin file)

Lantzville councillors give themselves 45-per cent pay raise

Council pay increase to take effect in 2019

A few months into their term, council members with the District of Lantzville have decided to give themselves a significant pay raise.

Lantzville councillors voted unanimously during a council meeting Monday night to adopt a remuneration bylaw, which effectively increases their annual salaries by 45 per cent starting next year.

As a result, councillors, who currently receive $9,194 annually, will earn $13,350 a year starting in January. Meanwhile, Lantzville Mayor Mark Swain, who is currently earning $14,594 annually, will see his in salary increase by 32 per cent to $19,300 beginning Jan. 1.

Coun. Will Geselbracht said Lantzville councillors have not had a pay raise since 2012 and don’t receive any cost of living increases. He said given the amount of work councillors are required to do, combined with the fact that Lantzville’s council has reduced by two members from last term, a raise was warranted.

“I would suggest that with our reduced council size, that it would also be appropriate for the additional duties that we are taking on and two less members to also consider an increase in compensation,” he said.

According to a staff report, Lantzville councillors are some of the lowest paid in the province. The report, which compared 25 municipalities with populations ranging from 1,900 to 4,900, showed that the average pay for councillors is $11,888 and $23,3000 for mayors.

Only councillors in four municipalities, the City of Rossland, District of Clearwater, District of Elkford and the Village of Cumberland, were paid less than councillors in Lantzville according to the staff report, which also showed that Lantzville’s mayor was the lowest paid among the 25 municipalities.

The Town of Lake Cowichan pays councillors an annual salary of $12,734 while the mayor receives $21,224 annually, according to the report. The smallest community on the list in terms of population, the District of Ucluelet, pays councillors $14,185 annually, while the mayor receives an annual salary of $24,818. Meanwhile, the Town of Gibsons, which was the most populous municipality on the list, pays its councillors $14,883 annually and its mayor $27,906 annually.

Geselbracht told councillors the data included in the staff report should come as no surprise.

“The results … are not surprising, that councillors in those jurisdictions made, I’ll say, considerably higher, as well as the mayor, in those municipalities,” he said.

Coun. Ian Savage told councillors he supported the decision to increase councillors’ pay, adding that council could have given themselves a bigger raise, but elected to go with a more modest option.

“I think we took a humble approach in that some of our options were higher than this and we are in keeping with other jurisdictions and I think that’s important to do to keep pace,” he said.

The additional increase will mean a 0.82 increase to Lantzville’s 2019 budget and would be funded from surplus.

Coun. Jamie Wilson was absent from Monday’s meeting.







nicholas.pescod@nanaimobulletin.com 
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Truck partially swallowed by Esquimalt sinkhole

City of Victoria crews repaired water main break, patched up hole on Tuesday

Southern resident orca L41 considered missing and feared dead

The orca was last spotted in Aug. 2019 when photographed in western Strait of Juan de Fuca

Saanich and Victoria agree on terms of reference to further amalgamation study

Municipalities put forward funding request to province

WATCH: Sooke’s top stories

A round-up of this week’s top stories

Feds preparing plane to fly Canadians out of Wuhan, once China gives OK

160 Canadians have asked for help to leave province at centre of coronavirus outbreak

60% of Canadian workers would take a pay cut for better mental health support: survey

Survey found 77% of workers would leave for better wellness initiatives

Runaway rail car reported on same B.C. train line as fatal 2019 derailment

CP Rail confirmed the incident happened on Jan. 14.

Police arrest Baby Bear statue thief in Island community

Suspect alleged to be responsible for other crimes in Chemainus, Nanaimo, Ladysmith and Alberta

Reader’s Lens

Reader’s Lens Amelia Sielopp takes time out on an arbutus tree to… Continue reading

Where in the World?

Where in the World? Sooke resident Marianne van der Meij, centre, with… Continue reading

‘Critically low’ caribou population prompts wolf cull in the Chilcotin

Itcha-Ilgachuz herd numbers down to 385, from 2,800 in 2003

RCMP to review fatal B.C. train derailment investigation after evidence points to ‘cover up’

The derailment, which occurred on Feb. 4, 2019, killed three men from Calgary

Family hopes Britain can get pregnant B.C. woman out of China’s coronavirus epicentre

Lauren Williams, who is about 35 weeks pregnant, has been stuck in Wuhan

Most Read