Municipality remuneration made public

  • Jul. 13, 2011 6:00 a.m.

Barry Pages was the highest-paid municipal official on the islands last year, according to statements filed by local governments last month. Mr. Pages holds two positions: he is the chair of the Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District as well as the mayor of Masset. As regional district chair, he received $16,206 in 2010. As mayor of Masset, he received $7,000, for a combined total of $23,206. Queen Charlotte mayor Carol Kulesha was the second-highest paid local politician in 2010, making $7,179 as mayor, plus $10,769 for her duties as a regional district director, for a total of $17,948. Port Clements mayor Cory Delves received $3,500 as mayor and $12,240 as regional district director, for a total of $15,740. Area D director Brad Setso, who represents rural Graham Island on the regional district board, received remuneration of $13,694, while Evan Putterill, who represents Sandspit, received $11,774. The directors and mayors were also reimbursed for a variety of expenses in addition to their remuneration. The amount of their expenses for 2010 are listed on the statement of financial information reports. The reports also list the remuneration given to council members in 2010, with Queen Charlotte councillors receiving $3,990 each, Masset councillors $3,850 and Port councillors $2,100. Each village has four councillors. The total amount paid to all employees in each municipality is also listed. Queen Charlotte paid its workers a total of $438,951, Masset paid its eight full-time employees and four summer students a total of $435,387, and Port paid its staff a total of $207,521. Interestingly, the ratio between the remuneration for elected officials and the employee pay is about the same for all three municipalities, with elected officials received about 5 percent of the total and employees 95 percent.

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