Next year the federal government will be eliminating the tax free allowance which gives politicians a third of their salary tax free.
The Esquimalt mayor is currently paid $48,225 in total in taxable and non taxable pay, versus the mayor of Oak Bay at $28,871. Esquimalt councillors are paid $20,779 versus councillors in Oak Bay at $12,252. Esquimalt has a population of 17,655 and a budget of $32.3 million. This compares to Oak Bay which has a population of 18,094 and a budget of $35.8 million.
Victoria council eliminated the tax break in 2009 – hiking pay to compensate for the change – to make their salaries more transparent to the public. Last month council indicated they might change the existing bylaw that ties annual wage increases to inflation, but they’ve backed off the idea considering it’s a municipal election year.
All mayors also receive $17,000 annually, a third of which is tax free, for showing up at the CRD. Typically politicians receive extra pay and stipends for travel and sitting on various committees, boards and authorities.
In Sooke – SPN
By comparison, Sooke Councillors earn $10,160 and the Mayor earns $20,321. Their remuneration has been frozen since 2008 and will remain that way for the foreseeable future.