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THE WEEKLY ANCHOR


THE WEEKLY ANCHOR
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County reviews pay



structure for council




by Dana McArthur longer meetings. Then you give the
impression we ran a 4.5 hour
Yellowhead County's Committee meeting just to get an extra $100
of the Whole meeting opened up on dollars. It's not such a great
July 18 with a discussion on council scenario."
member remuneration. County's "One area we are a bit different in
policy states a review of the pay is with benefits," said Ramme.
structure must take place every four Parkland County, Sturgeon
years. County, Leduc, and Brazeau all
Comparisons from other counties offer some level of benefits for
were presented in the form of a health, vision, and dental, while
spreadsheet by County CAO Jack Yellowhead County and Woodlands
Ramme. "Everyone was different in do not.
how they approached it. Some have Councillor Shawn Berry asked
a fixed salary, some have a fixed about registered savings plan
plus a per diem rate for each contributions, "Do we have a value
meeting, as well as different of what that is worth?" Ramme
benefits that are included." responded, " What's been indicated
"When we extrapolated the is a contribution maximum of 5% of
numbers we found we are right in gross income then the municipality
line, for the most part," said would match that."
Ramme. "When you take benefits into
Currently Yellowhead County account we are about $4500 lower,"
council members are paid a fixed said Councillor Berry. "I believe we
salary. The Mayor's position should be compensated fairly so we
receives $81,223.56, Deputy Mayor are being fair to future councils."
receives $56,027.28 and Mayor Soroka summarized, "So
Councillors receive $53,883.84 . what I've heard is everyone seems
"What we used to do is a base plus okay salary-wise but the only
a meeting rate," said Councillor questions come from RRSPs and
Jack Williams. "I just wanted clarity benefits." Jerry Ford runs July 31
on that as trying to compare rates of COA Ramme said Administration
other counties can get distorted." would return to council with more
Mayor Gerald Soroka said, "One information comparing the value 2013 EXPLORER LIMITED 2014 EDGE SEL 2011 CHEV IMPALA LT 2012 FORD FOCUS SE 2017 FORD ESCAPE SE
of the reasons we did go to fixed and nature of benefits being offered Jakob Kubke museum assistant with the Tipple Park Museum in front
salaries is that once you start added in other counties. of the new exhibit showcasing the Metis history in Canada. The exhibit LOADED AWD LOADED LOW 4WD
per diem rates you get more pay for will continue until September. Dana McArthur LEATHER KM

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