City council mulls pay hike

Whitehorse city council is proposing a new bylaw that would slightly bump the salaries of its successors in office.

Whitehorse city council is proposing a new bylaw that would slightly bump the salaries of its successors in office.

The council remuneration bylaw proposes a 1.5 per cent increase in salaries for the 2015-18 term, based on the consumer price index for Whitehorse for the three-year term just being completed.

Based on the changes, the mayor’s annual salary would increase to $87,942 from $84,100, while councillors would be paid $20,496, up from $19,600.

The bylaw, if agreed to by council, would come into effect on Oct. 27, or 12 days after the scheduled municipal election.

City council is also considering changes to its city manager employment bylaw. As it stands, the current bylaw does not include a provision for a potential increase in salary.

The proposed amendment would indicate a salary range of $175,000 to $195,000 per year.

Contact Myles Dolphin at

myles@yukon-news.com

Correction

An earlier version of this story mistakenly reported that council is also looking at giving a new payment to councillors who represent the city at events and meetings. In fact, this payment already exists, and council is only looking at changing its name from a “per diem” to an “honorarium.” We apologize for the mistake.

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