Raise Pay for Councillors
Even whilst away, I can’t seem to stop thinking about the number of city employees who make over $100K. Not that I don’t believe they deserve it but it seems out of whack to the pay scale of the politicians who set their priorities.
I have often compared City Council to a board of directors; they set the priorities and direction and the staff take care of the operations to make it so. The difference however is unlike a board of directors, City Council membership is a fulltime job and therefore, if city councillors have the important role of managing the City, just like city staff, they should be compensated accordingly. That is to say, in order to attract good talent, the City should be willing to pay the going wage for the calibre of personnel they want in that position.
Having had interaction with some of the $100K club, it bewilders me that they make so much more than the Councillors that they interact with everyday. Councillors make about $90K and the Mayor makes $150K. Many line managers at City Hall make $120K or more. Department heads make even more. The City manager makers $311K, more than twice what the Mayor makes.
So I ask you to put aside your knee jerk reaction to say that these people make too much money and think about the rationale. If the city staff pay scale represents what the private sector is paying for comparable positions, then we should look at politicians’ pay scales and adjust them accordingly too. That would mean that City Councillors should make in the range of $175K and the Mayor should be around $300K.
I wonder if this would attract better people to the council table and if this would create a sense of balance between those who set the priorities and those tasked with achieving these goals.
Let the yelling begin…