City Councilors defer pay talks to 2010

Fort St. John City council won’t be receiving a pay hike this year.

At Monday’s meeting in City Hall, council deliberated it’s annual remuneration and benefits policy.

Councilors debated the proposed recommendation, stating that council should adjust compensation annually, using Vancouver’s Consumer Price Index.

Manager of Human Resources, Grace Fika, says CPI is used by many B.C. municipalities in determining council pay.

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Councilors weren’t keen on one part of the recommendation presented, which stated that if the policy is adopted, Mayor and council would receive backpay for 2009.

This is Mayor Bruce Lantz…

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So instead, councilors voted to investigate ways to adjust their compensation. Fort St. John will now partner with three stakeholders in the city to review other communities similar in size and services. Those that will be invited to take part in the study will be chosen by Fika, and will include a local Chamber of Commerce member, someone with a strong financial background, and a former city council member.

That report will be completed before June 30th, 2010 and then deliberated by City Council.

Currently, the Mayor recieves just under $60,000 and Councilors get around $20,000.

Deliberations on remuneration began in December 2008 and have now been deferred three times.