Posted by Phil Andrews
The number of City of Guelph employees earning in excess of $100,000 salaries increased by 24 in the past year.
According to a report prepared for Guelph city council by the municipality’s human resources department, the city had 93 employees on its payroll in the $100,000-plus pay range at the end of 2011. Of the 24 employees who reached the six-figure pay threshold, 18 were from the Guelph Fire Department, the report states.
The report was prepared in connection with an obligation to disclose such salaries under the province’s 1996 Public Salary Disclosure Act.
Council has also just received a report related to the state of remuneration of council members in 2011. That was prepared by the municipality’s finance department.
According to the report, Guelph Mayor Karen Farbridge received $103,089 in remuneration last year. The breakdown of that payment was: $90,361.52 for her honorarium; $4,915.82 in benefits payments; and $4,811.72 in coverage of expenses.
Guelph’s councillors all received at least $33,000 last year, according to the report. All received honorariums of at least $28,796.82. That was what Cam Guthrie received. He refused an increase in the honorarium that took the payment to $29,934.99 for all the other councillors.
The finance department shows that expenses paid to councillors varied widely. June Hofland, Maggie Laidlaw and Leanne Piper all received in excess of $2,500 in payment related to expenses. Ian Findlay, Karl Wettstein, Guthrie, Andy Van Hellemond and Todd Dennis received no remuneration related to expenses.
According to the report, expenses are only reimbursed based on actual costs with the submission of appropriate receipts. The maximum annual amount that a councillor can be reimbursed for is $3,250. The maximum for the mayor is $10,600 per year.
Council sets its own remuneration rate. It uses a citizen review committee to assist it in this area. The committee conducts a market review of like payments in like municipalities to make recommendations in this regard every four years.
The present council remuneration rates are to remain in force through the 2014 budget year.