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.