Council pay will stay same

  • Oct. 7, 2010 10:00 a.m.

A citizens’ committee has recommended no increase for town councillors’ honorariums.

“It was recommended by the committee that the rates should remain the same,” explained CAO Brad Watson.

The mayor will continue to be paid $19,782 annually and councillors $11,125. That keeps Ponoka’s politicians above the average on the pay scale among central Alberta municipalities polled. The average is $15,456 for mayor and $9,636 for councillors.

There will be a cost of living allowance (COLA) increase on Jan.1.

For full day meetings, the mayor and councillors will be paid $220.

The hourly rate for daily, half-day and hourly meetings increases about 20 per cent to $260 for the day, $130 for a half-day and to $30 per hour.

Mayor Larry Henkelman wondered how Ponoka’s rates of pay compare with rural municipalities.

“You will find as a rule, if you compare the information, the counties are higher,” said CAO Brad Watson.

Councillors may claim expenses at conventions, seminars, conferences and meetings for registration fees, accommodations, meals and subsistence, parking fees and mileage.

Honorariums and expenses for all out of province conventions, seminars, conferences and meetings must be pre-authorized by council.

Councillors were advised to ask these questions to determine the eligibility of a claim:

• Are you appointed by council to attend?

• Are minutes taken and are you the voting representative of council?

• Did you have to leave work to attend?

• If you were not elected, would you attend that function?

Councillors cannot claim for special anniversaries, birthdays, or other types of social functions and political meetings.

Just Posted

Ponoka County resident wants $62,000 in lease revenue

County approves revenue to landowner going forward, legal review to look at retroactive funds

Bashaw peewee club’s season comes to an abrupt end

Players decide not to go into playoffs without one of their teammates

Ponoka man attacked by dogs issues plea to town council

Troubles with bylaw and handling of court case prompts presentation to council

Ponoka County receives letter of intent related to livestock operations

The Ponoka Right to Farm Society intends to submit claim through Court of Queens Bench

‘Riya was a dreamer’: Mother of slain 11-year-old Ontario girl heartbroken

Her father, Roopesh Rajkumar, 41, was arrested some 130 kilometres away

Ontario man accused of killing 11-year-old daughter dies in hospital, police say

Roopesh Rajkumar had been hospitalized with what police described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Manitoba ‘pauses’ link with ex-B.C. premier Gordon Campbell after allegations

Campbell had been hired to review two major hydro projects

Heritage minute features Japanese-Canadian baseball team, internment

The Vancouver Asahi baseball team won various championships across the Pacific Northwest

Hee-Won Son takes home gold in 500m Female Short Track Speed Skating

Team Alberta sits in second place overall at the Canada Winter Games

Shots fired in Maskwacis home invasion

Maskwacis RCMP are searching for three suspects in a home invasion (with photos)

CRTC report finds ‘misleading, aggressive’ sales tactics used by telecom industry

Report recommends measures to make a fairer situation for consumers

Crude-by-rail shipments set new record in December despite lower price discounts

Canada exported nearly 354,000 barrels per day of oil, up seven per cent from November

Do you live with your partner? More and more Canadians don’t

Statistics Canada shows fewer couples live together than did a decade ago

Most Read