Councillors in the Town of Bracebridge will see an increase in their compensation beginning in November of this year.
During their last meeting, Bracebridge council approved a pay hike to put them in line with the 65th percentile of the town’s market comparators.
Under the newly approved pay structure, the mayor will earn $46,171 per year, the deputy mayor will earn $31,203 per year, and Town councillors will earn $26,456 per year.
Councillor Don Smith said he had no problem with the increase for the mayor and the deputy mayor, but he was struggling with the pay hike for councillors. He pointed out that the pay increase would be roughly 14% on top of the annual pay increases to cover for inflation.
Councillor Stephen Clement said his major concern was that if they didn’t bring Council pay more closely in line with other municipalities they would have to play catch up with a significant increase in the future.
Clement said it was also important to make the position appealing for any members of the public who might be considering running for council in the upcoming election.
In the end, council agreed with Clement and passed the motion to increase their pay.
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