By Marianne Curtis
In a few short weeks, voters will be going to the polls to elect new municipal representatives. Many perspective candidates have full times jobs and treat being a councilor as a part-time position or similar to volunteering on a committee.
In some cases, councilors have quit their jobs and have dedicated much of their time to serving the ratepayers while collecting their indemnities and per diems which are paid out of taxpayer dollars.
Earlier this year, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) released data on the salaries and per diems of municipal councillors, mayors and reeves province-wide.
“People often wonder what their local reeve or councillor actually makes,” said CTF Director Colin Craig.
Given the large number of municipalities and the diversity of communities in the region it is impossible to determine who deservers how much. However, with this data taxpayers can compare their community’s pay levels with other communities and draw their own conclusions.
Normally councilors decide how much a year they will collect in indemnities for the year when drawing up their budgets. Expenses and extras are billed separately and added to that amount. For example, in the Village of St. Pierre, councilors can collect up to $180 per day for conducting municipal business.
Doug Cavers, CAO for the RM of Hanover pointed out that in many causes reeves, specifically Stan Toews is working 70% full time equivalent for Hanover, and individual councilors range from 25% to 40% time.
So how much does it pay to be a municipal councilor?
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