Brampton councilors accept pay hike, Mayor says will opt out
Brampton/Oct.7, 2015 – Brampton councilors voted for some changes in their pay structure last week giving 7 per cent increase in salary and beefed up benefits. And Mayor Linda Jeffery is saying that she would not accept 24 per cent hike in her wages and would like to opt out. She was also quoted by some local media criticizing councilors for taking a lucrative pay package for themselves.
Councilors voted last week to some changes giving raise to their pay from $78,713 to $84,495 and allotted a car allowance of $14,927. A massive hike in pension contributions from $5,976 to $11,573 annually was also passed.
According the changes Mayor Jeffrey’s salary stood to jump to $139,374 from $112,307 and her pension contribution would go from $9,269 to $19,623 but said that she will not accept the hike. Last December, the Mayor reduced her salary by $50,000 and is now planning to table another motion to reduce her salary by $30,000.
Council compensation has been an issue in Brampton for last several years as former mayor Susan Fennell was once considered the highest paid mayor in the country.
Brampton’s 6 councilors and the mayor also get additional $60,000 for serving as Peel’s regional councilors.