Lumby’s mayor says the percentage may seem high to some, but he feels pay raises for his council are justified.
Council has approved pay hikes that amount to 26%, raising the mayor’s pay $16,450 (up $3,415), and the four councillors to $8,755 each (up $1,849).
Mayor Kevin Acton says it’s the first real increases in 10 years, other than cost of living which was added a few years ago, and the numbers also include compensation to reflect changes to federal income tax rules that remove the one-third salary tax exemption benefit in January.
Acton says the figures are based on a survey of 13 other similar sized communities that showed the average salary for their mayors is $16,450 and $8,766 for councillors.
“If you put it to a percentage it doesn’t look good, but I think people realize there is a lot of work that gets done in the village, and these aren’t high numbers, so I don’t think there will be a lot of backlash. I would be more than happy to have conversations with people if they did have some questions,” Acton tells Beach Radio News.
Lumby, which has a population of 1,833, was compared to councillors in such as communities as 100 Mile House (1,980 residents: pays mayor $15,610 and councillors $7,805), Enderby (2,964: mayor: $17,720, council: $9,603), Tumber Ridge (1,987: mayor: $28,000, council: $18,000) and Logan Lake (1,993: mayor: $16,356, council: $8,700).