Salaries for Baie-d’Urfé town council will increase by 14 per cent following the next municipal election in November.
Council is proposing to increase the mayor’s salary to $21,000 plus a $10,500 expenses allotment, an increase of about $3,800 from the current total remuneration.
The salaries for each of the six councillors, which are a third of the mayor’s pay, will increase to $7,000 plus $3,500 in expenses, or $1,285 more than the current compensation.
Following the tabling of a notice of motion this month, the new salaries are to be approved at the March council meeting and are to come into effect following the Nov. 3 municipal election.
Mayor Maria Tutino, who is completing her second term in office, said the town hired a consultant to set the new salary terms.
“Again, it’s not for the people who are in place today. The salaries would only kick in November of this year, when you have a new council,” the mayor said.
Council salaries had increased by almost 100 per cent between the 2005 and the 2009 mandates, Tutino pointed out.
“The reaction from the citizens was ‘it’s about time and it’s not enough,’ ” she recalled. “We felt we were doing it for the next council. And again, it was based on a study from someone from the outside. Initially, Baie-d’Urfé councillors were making, like, $2,500.
“The mayor’s job is no longer a part-time job, it’s more than a full-time job. The salary being offered to the next mayor is still not (that much). Citizens of Baie-d’Urfé recognize that it’s still low,” she continued.
Tutino said she is still deliberating on whether she will seek a third term as mayor and will make a decision by June. “I’m still in reflection,” she added.
The entire slate of councillors and the mayor in the small town were acclaimed in both the 2005 and 2009 elections, though one councillor didn’t seek re-election after the town demerged from the Montreal megacity.
The town of about 4,000 residents has two distinct sectors, a mainly residential area between Highway 20 and the lake, and a bustling industrial park, just south of Highway 40.