On Monday, Dawson Creek’s elected officials will be discussing a raise they gave themselves a year ago.
Mayor Dale Bumstead says council has already approved a councillor raise from $20,813 paid to elected officials in early 2018, increasing to $23,935 in 2019, and then up to $25,611 in 2020. Council has also approved a raise for the mayor’s position from $61,215 in 2018, up to $70,397 this year, and to $75,325 in 2020.
“The Council of the City of Dawson Creek directs that the mayor and council of the City of Dawson Creek shall be paid the annual remuneration, with the adjustments effective January 1 of each year,” reveal recently examined city documents, last voted on and approved they year before an election year, in 2017.
City files also note a public council renumeration committee shall consist of five appointed volunteer members and one consultant. Appointed members will consist of one representative from the Chamber of Commerce, one from the Rotary Club, a former DC elected official, as well as two community representatives selected by council.
Beginning in 2021, it is expected the annual remuneration shall be adjusted effective January 1st of each year by the percentage change to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for BC (September over September of the previous year), plus 1%. This allows any change in the remuneration to be factored into the fall budget process. The adjusted amounts will be rounded up to the nearest dollar and will be recorded in the table annually.
The discussion goes this Monday.