White Rock city manager Dan Bottrill explains his report regarding recommendations for councillor and mayor remuneration.

Mayor’s raise doesn’t add up

Editor:

Re: City braces for a tax bump, Nov. 19.

Editor:

Re: City braces for a tax bump, Nov. 19.

It’s easy to see why the homeowners of White Rock are being asked for another $150 tax increase on top of last year’s record high taxes.

It’s interesting that the city is asking for millions of more tax dollars from its citizens, and at the same time the mayor and council vote to make the mayor one of the most expensive mayors, per capita, in B.C.

I am confused by the report prepared by White Rock’s CAO and staff, and the recommendation voted on by mayor and council to raise the salary of the mayor from approximately $60,000 to $74,000.

I believe the recommendations are flawed and misleading.

Based on the report that uses Pitt Meadows, Port Moody and the City of Langley as a base for an increase to the mayor’s pay, the data clearly shows justification for a change to the mayor’s salary. But rather than a whopping 23 per cent increase, the data reveals the mayor’s salary should be decreased by almost $5,000.

The three communities used as a comparative have a combined mayoral compensation of $217,341 and a combined population of 75,792, which equates to a per-capita cost of $2.86. The new per-capita cost in White Rock is $3.83 – a 34 per cent premium.

With a population of 19,339, this means a comparative salary for White Rock’s mayor would be $55,309.

The massive pay hike approved means each citizen in White Rock is paying far more for their mayor than our neighbours in Delta and Surrey. Even pricey West Van has a lower cost per capita for the mayor at $1.70. The mayor of West Van serves a community that is over twice the population of White Rock and covers 17 times the area. The cost per capita for the mayor of West Van is 44 per cent of what the mayor and council has approved for the mayor of White Rock.

Another way of saying it is, we will be paying 2.25 times the per-capita cost for our mayor than they do in West Van. Funny how they left West Van out of the report, isn’t it?

While I can understand why the mayor would vote in favour of such a raise, I wonder why the staff would present such recommendations.

Also interesting is that with the special tax exemption of one-third granted to council salaries, the remuneration is much higher than the number the city has revealed. When the exemption is taken into consideration, you are really talking about a salary of around $95,000.

The bottom line? In White Rock not only do we have one of the most expensive local governments in B.C. – per capita – we now have one of the most expensive mayors.

This kind of reckless spending needs to stop before the fiscal mismanagement of the City of White Rock forces us to once again take a serious look at having to join Surrey to save us from ourselves.

Ross Buchanan, White Rock

 

 

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

Just Posted

Politicians want Surrey’s Civic Distinction Awards done ‘virtually,’ not postponed

City staff recommended they be put off to the fall of 2021 because of the pandemic

Illegal suite a concern for Cloverdale man

Despite a City-issued stop-work order, construction continues

White Rock Tritons ‘just happy to get out there’ against real competition

BC Premier Baseball League team returns to field against Langley Blaze, Abbotsford Cardinals

Surrey Mounties need help to find missing woman

Hasheena Mundie, 25, was last seen at about 4:20 pm on August 4, in the 16700-block of 61 Avenue

Volunteers counted 644 homeless people in Surrey over 24 hours in March

Data collected helps governments and community agencies help the homeless

B.C. conservation officers free not-so-wily coyote

Poor pup was found with a glass jar stuck on its head in Maple Ridge

Fraser Valley Bandits clinch first round bye with win

Bandits defeat Guelph 84-70, advance to the CEBL semifinals on Saturday

B.C. doctors, dentists call on province for mandatory mask rule

Open letter says masks should be worn in indoor public spaces, public transportation or in crowds

Dwindling B.C. bamboo supply leaves Calgary Zoo biologists worried about pandas

Zoo has been trying to send pandas back to China since May

Maple Ridge firefighting camp empowers young women

Camp Ignite to take place at Justice Institute on Sunday, Aug. 9

Facebook launches its new TikTok clone, Instagram Reels

Facebook has a long tradition of cloning competitive services

B.C. Appeal Court prevents Victoria woman from using the term ‘death midwife’ in her job

Pashta MaryMoon claimed she had been providing “death-care services” for more than 40 years

‘We all have anxieties’: B.C.’s top doctor addresses return-to-school fears amid COVID-19

Dr. Bonnie Henry promises school restart plan safe for B.C. kids

Most Read

l -->