Council turns down wage increases

Houston council turned down an annual increase in wages at the council meeting last Tuesday.

Houston council

Houston council turned down an annual increase in wages at the council meeting last Tuesday.

Currently, the mayor is paid $15,783 and Councillors are paid $7,891 a year.

According to municipal bylaw number 1000, mayor and council wages increase by the BC Consumer Index each year, which is 1.25 percent in 2015.

“I think we need to lead by example,” said Councillor Rick Lundrigan.

“With having to make hard choices in order to reduce our budget, how irresponsible would it be of council to allow a raise in our own stipends?”

“If you’re looking for money to do this job, you’re in the wrong business.”

Councillor Tim Anderson agreed, saying that it doesn’t seem right to accept increased wages with all the tax increases coming.

Mayor Shane Brienen said the District of Houston pay is fairly consistent with other municipalities of similar size.

Mayor and council voted in favour of waiving increases in their stipends.


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