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Yearly report on council remuneration shows Mayor Letham got a sizeable raise

KAWARTHA LAKES-Every year the City of Kawartha Lakes releases a report on council remuneration. When compared to last year the Mayor got a raise of $30,703.21 in salary and benefits which amounts to almost 33%.

Letham’s total salary and benefits for 2018 was $90,654.71. In 2019 that number jumped to $121,357.96. His base salary in 2018 was $83,936.42 and in 2019 the base salary was $111,832.84.

Council voted on the pay increases in 2018. Councillors also received more money last year but there were less councillors, each covering a larger area, as well. Almost all councillors had a base salary of $48,068.30 in 2019 with those who acted as Deputy Mayor receiving a little more. Councillor Kathleen Seymour Fagan racked up the most expenses at $7,961.13 in mileage,  conferences/seminars and other expenses.

Councillor Emmett Yeo had the second highest expenses at $7013.98 with Pat O’Reilly rounding out the top three with $5993.92 in expenses.

In 2018 council’s base salary including car allowance was approximatley $31,544.30 plus expenses. The car allowance was removed and mileage added in 2019.

It should also be noted that council received a portion of their pay as non-taxable in 2018 and that exemption was removed in 2019. The Mayor received almost $23,000 in non-taxable pay in 2018. Councillors received just over $8,000.

In December 2018 the size of council was cut in half meaning even though councillors made more the total increase in council remuneration for 2019 was only about $10,000.

However, at the time council voted for the changes the move was supposed to save about $109,000 annually.

Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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