Pay hike bylaw changes ‘for’ City Council: Unanimously approved ‘by’ City Council. Public input: Zero.

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Vancouver City Council approved a bylaw change that hikes their salaries at the Regular Council meeting on April 5, 2016. This change passed without any fanfare.

Council Video Payraise

Council Video Feed April 5, 2016 (bylaw video begins at 1:21:15, vote recorded at 1:24:00)

The approval of the pay hike for City Council and Park Board was easy to miss for anyone who was following the video stream. The remuneration bylaw items were buried in the middle of 16 bylaw enactments. Not once did Mayor Robertson utter the word “remuneration”. There was no discussion on the adoption of any of the bylaws changes (this included the pay hikes), as none of the Councillors asked for the item to be held for separate debate and vote (Councillor Carr was on leave of absence and was not present for the meeting).

City Councillors will now be earning a base salary of $80,028.80 (or an increase of $8,968). Mayor Robertson will earn $161,658 (or 2.02 times the base Councillor salary). The Councillor appointed as the Acting Mayor (Louie) will receive an additional $12,932.65 per annum while the Deputy Mayor (Deal) will be paid an additional $35,564.80 per annum.

Each of the Councillors will receive one-time payments of $8,968 while all Council members will also retroactively receive a one-time payment of $3,048.

city-council-2014-largeThe Councillor salaries will automatically increase annually by the percentage increase in the CPI (Consumer Price Increase); the salaries would not decrease in the event the CPI drops. Council members will also receive an additional $3,048 annual supplement. Council members also receive additional allowances for expenses and transportation.

From start to finish, residents were essentially denied the ability to directly address their elected officials on the pay increases, and each step of the way appears to have been orchestrated to avoid attracting any attention. This item mysteriously appeared at the end of a committee meeting on February 24, 2016 (further details are in our previous post: Pay raise for City Council and Park Board approved, but there are many questions/concerns on process, selection, implications).

On top of the remuneration from the City of Vancouver, several members of Council receive extra pay as a result of appointments. The most notable of these is the appointment is to the Board of Metro Vancouver (an extra $10,000 per year for regular attendance at meetings, or around $22,000 if the Director chairs a committee). Councillors Reimer, Deal, Stevenson, Jang, Louie, Meggs and Mayor Robertson are all Metro Board Directors.

Park Board Commissioners also received pay increases. The base salary for a Park Board Commissioner went up to $16,326 (an increase of $8,326), while the remuneration for the Chair of the Board was set at $20,407 (up by $10,407). One-time payments of $8,326 for Commissioners and $10,407 for the Chair were also approved.

For the record, the PDF of the new Remuneration Bylaw is available in this file. But even this step appears designed to obfuscate, being an image file rather than text. For the record, we extracted the text of the bylaw (via OCR) and reproduce it below:

CITY OF VANCOUVER
MAYOR AND COUNCILLOR REMUNERATION BY-LAW

TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART 1
INTERPRETATION
1.1 Name of By-law
1.2 Definitions
1. 3 Application
1 .4 Table of contents
1. 5 Severability

PART 2
ONE-TIME PAYMENTS
2.1 Mayor and Councillors
2.2 Councillors
2.3 Acting-Mayor
2.4 Duty Councillor

PART 3
REMUNERATION
3.1 Annual supplement
3.2 Mayor’s remuneration
3.3 Councillors’ remuneration
3.4 Acting-Mayor’s remuneration
3.5 Deputy Mayor’s remuneration
3.6 Duty Councillor’s remuneration
3.7 Bi-weekly payment

PART4
REMUNERATION ADJUSTMENT
4.1 Adjustment of Councillors’ remuneration
4.2 Adjustment of Mayor’s remuneration
5.1 Deferred remuneration

PART 5
DEFERRED REMUNERATION
5.2 Amount and timing of deferred remuneration payment
5.3 Re-election after receipt of deferred remuneration

PART6
MISCELLANEOUS
6.1 Repeal of previous By-law
6.2 Force and effect

BY-LAW NO_
A By-law regarding
Mayor and Councillor remuneration
THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF VANCOUVER, in public meeting, enacts as follows:

PART 1
INTERPRETATION
Name of By-law
1.1 The name of this by-law, for citation, is the “Mayor and Councillor Remuneration
By-law”.

Definitions
1.2 In this By-law:
“Acting-Mayor” means a Councillor appointed by Council as Acting-Mayor under Section
209 of the Vancouver Charter;
“Consumer Price Index” means the annual Consumer Price Index (all Items) for the City
of Vancouver published by Statistics Canada;
“Councillor” means a person elected to the Council of the City of Vancouver and does
not include the Mayor, Deputy Mayor or Acting-Mayor, unless otherwise provided in this
by-law;
“Deputy Mayor” means a Councillor appointed by Council as Deputy Mayor under
Section 207 of the Vancouver Charter;
“Duty Councillor” means the Councillor assigned each month to serve as the Duty
Councillor and does not include the Mayor, Acting Mayor or Deputy Mayor;

Application
1. 3 Remuneration for the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Acting-Mayor and Councillors for discharge
of the duties of office must be paid in accordance with this By-law.
Table of contents
1.4 The table of contents is for convenient reference only.

Severability
1.5 A decision by a court that any part of this By-law is illegal, void or unenforceable
severs that part form this By-law and is not to affect the balance of this By-law.

PART 2
ONE-TIME PAYMENTS
Mayor and Councillors
2.1 On May 1, 2016, the Mayor and each Councillor, including the Deputy Mayor and the
Acting-Mayor, will each receive a one-time payment of $3,048.00.

Councillors

2.2 In addition to the payment referred to in section 2.1, on May 1, 2016, each Councillor,
including the Deputy Mayor and the Acting-Mayor, will receive a one-time payment of
$8,968.00.

Acting-Mayor

2.3 In addition to the payments referred to in sections 2.1 and 2.2, on May 1, 2016, the
Acting-Mayor will receive a one-time payment equivalent to 8 per cent of the salary paid to
the Mayor between January 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016.

Duty Councillor

2.4 In addition to the payments referred to in sections 2.1 and 2.2, on May 1, 2016, each
Councillor who was appointed as Duty Councillor between January 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016,
will receive a one-time payment equivalent to 22 per cent of the Mayor’s monthly salary, for
the term of that appointment.

PART 3
REMUNERATION
Annual supplement
3.1 The Mayor and each Councillor, including the Deputy Mayor and the Acting-Mayor, will
receive an annual supplement of $3,048.00, commencing on May 1, 2016 and payable
thereafter on January 1st of each subsequent year.

Mayor’s remuneration
3.2 The Mayor’s remuneration for the year 2016 is S 161,308.02 and must be adjusted
annually thereafter, in accordance with the provisions of Part 4 of this By-law.

Councillor’s remuneration
3.3 The remuneration of each Councillor, including the Deputy Mayor and the Acting-Mayor
for the year 2016 is increased by $8,968.00 to $80,028.80, and must be adjusted annually
thereafter, in accordance with the provisions of Part 4 of this By-law.

Acting-Mayor’s remuneration
3.4 Commencing on May 1, 2016, a Councillor appointed as Acting-Mayor must be paid a
monthly supplement equivalent to 8 per cent of the Mayor’s monthly salary, during the term
of that appointment.

Deputy Mayor’s remuneration
3.5 A Councillor appointed as Deputy Mayor must be paid a monthly supplement equivalent
to 22 per cent of the Mayor’s monthly salary, during the term of that appointment.

Duty Councillor’s remuneration
3.6 Commencing on May 1, 2016, a Councillor appointed as Duty Councillor must be paid a
monthly supplement equivalent to the monthly supplement paid to the Deputy Mayor, during
the term of that appointment.

Bi-weekly payment
3. 7 Remuneration paid in accordance with this By-law must be paid on a bi-weekly basis,
unless otherwise provided in this By-law and prorated if applicable.

PART4
REMUNERATION ADJUSTMENT

Adjustment of Councillors’ remuneration
4.1 Commencing on January 1st of 2017 and on January 1st of each subsequent year, the
remuneration paid to Councillors, including the Deputy Mayor and Acting-Mayor, must be
increased by a percentage equivalent to the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index
(All Items) over the twelve months ending on October 31 of the preceding year, except that if
there is no change or a decrease in the Consumer Price Index (All Items), the remuneration
must remain the same as the previous year.

Adjustment of Mayor’s remuneration
4.2 Commencing on January 1st of 2017 and on January 1st of each subsequent year, the
remuneration paid to the Mayor must be adjusted by multiplying the remuneration paid to the
Councillors, after adjustment in accordance with section 4.1 of this By-law, by a factor of
2.02.

PART 5
DEFERRED REMUNERATION

Deferred remuneration
5.1 The Mayor and Councillors, including the Deputy Mayor and the Acting-Mayor, who
serve their full term of office and do not run for re-election or are not re-elected to office,
must be paid an amount as deferred remuneration in accordance with this By-law.

Amount and timing of deferred remuneration payment

5.2 Deferred remuneration must be:
a) equivalent to one week’s salary for each year or portion of year of office
served; and
b) included in the final bi-weekly paycheque.

Re-election after receipt of deferred remuneration
5.3 If a Mayor or Councillor is re-elected to office after having received deferred
remuneration in accordance with this By-law, the calculation of any subsequent deferred
remuneration must not include the years or portions of years of office included in the
calculation of any previous deferred remuneration payment.

PART6
MISCELLANEOUS

Repeal of previous By-law
6.1 Council repeals By-law 7465.

Force and effect
6.2 This By-law is to come into force and take effect on the date of enactment.
ENACTED by Council this _____ day of ______ ‘2016
Mayor
City Clerk

• • • • •

Park Board

• • • • •

CITY OF VANCOUVER
PARK BOARD REMUNERATION BY-LAW

TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART 1
INTERPRETATION
1.1 Name of By-law
1.2 Definitions
1. 3 Application
1.4 Table of contents
1. 5 Severability

PART 2
ONE-TIME PAYMENT
2.1 Park Board Commissioners
2.2 Park Board Chair

PART 3
REMUNERATION
3. 1 Park Board Commissioners’ remuneration
3.2 Park Board Chair’s remuneration
3.3 Bi-weekly payment

PART4
REMUNERATION ADJUSTMENT
4.1 Adjustment of remuneration
5.1 Repeal of previous By-law
5.2 Force and effect

PART 5
MISCELLANEOUS

BY-LAW NO. ___

A By-law regarding

Park Board Remuneration
THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF VANCOUVER, in public meeting, enacts as follows:

PART 1
INTERPRETATION

Name of By-law
1.1 The name of this by-law, for citation, is the “Park Board Remuneration By-law”.

Definitions
1.2 In this By-law:
“Consumer Price Index” means the annual Consumer Price Index (All Items) for the
City of Vancouver published by Statistics Canada;
“Park Board” means the Board of Parks and Recreation of the City of Vancouver;
“Park Board Commissioners” mean the persons elected as Commissioners of the Park
Board, but does not include the Commissioner who serves as Park Board Chair;
“Park Board Chair” means the person appointed by the Park Board as Chair of the Park
Board.

Application
1.3 Remuneration for Park Board Commissioners and the Park Board Chair for the discharge
of the duties of office must be paid in accordance with this By-law.
Table of contents
1.4 The table of contents is for convenient reference only.

Severability
1.5 A decision by a court that any part of this By-law is illegal, void or unenforceable
severs that part form this By-law and is not to affect the balance of this By-law.

PART 2
ONE-TIME PAYMENT
2.1 On May 1, 2016, each Park Board Commissioner will receive a one-time payment of
$8,326.00.

Park Board Chair
2.2 On May 1, 2016, the Park Board Commissioner who served as Park Board Chair in 2015
will receive a one-time payment of $10,407.00.

PART 3
REMUNERATION
Park Board Commissioners’ remuneration
3.1 The remuneration of each Park Board Commissioner for the year 2016 is increased by
$8,326.00 to $16,326.00, and must be adjusted annually thereafter in accordance with the
provisions of Part 4 of this By-law.

Park Board Chair’s remuneration
3.2 The remuneration of the Park Board Chair for the year 2016 is increased by $10,407.00
to $20,407.00, and must be adjusted annually thereafter in accordance with the provisions of
Part 4 of this By-law.

Bi-weekly payment
3.3 Remuneration paid in accordance with this By-law must be paid on a bi-weekly basis
and prorated if applicable.
Adjustment of remuneration

PART4
REMUNERATION ADJUSTMENT
4.1 Commencing on January 1st of 2017 and on January 1st of each subsequent year, the
remuneration paid to the Park Board Commissioners and Park Board Chair must be increased
by a percentage equivalent to the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index (All Items)
over the twelve months ending on October 31 of the preceding year, except that if there is no
change or a decrease in the Consumer Price Index (All Items), remuneration must remain the
same as the previous year.

PART 5
MISCELLANEOUS

Repeal of previous By-law
5.1 Council repeals By-law 7015.

Force and effect
5.2 This By-law is to come into force and take effect on the date of enactment.
ENACTED by Council this ___ day of __________ , 2016

Mayor
City Clerk

One thought on “Pay hike bylaw changes ‘for’ City Council: Unanimously approved ‘by’ City Council. Public input: Zero.

  1. While the City of Vancouver was cherry picking other cities for compensation comparison all the MSM reporting has left out the crucial fact that every other city in Canada operates it’s parks and recreation as an arm of their respective city halls and part of their elected Councillors day to day duties. To arrive at a true figure of what the Citizens if Vancouver are being forced to pay for their multi-layered municipal govt the Vancouver Park Board Commissioner’s compensation package needs to be added to what Vancouver City Councillors will be collecting. Vancouver City Councillors also benefit from income supplied by other taxpayer funded governing bodies that most Canadian cities operate without such as Translink and Metro Vancouver.
    Since the City of Winnipeg was used as a comparison let’s look deeper.

    The City of Winnipeg is geographically 4 times larger than Vancouver with all the requisite infrastructure and services to supply such as roads, sewer and water, recreation, etc.
    Winnipeg has a larger population and elects 1 Mayor at large and 15 Councillors by ward (Winnipeg has no municipal parties directing City Hall policy) for 16 total while while both Vancouver City Council, 11 members and the Vancouver Park Board, another 7 and all indebted to political parties are elected at large totaling 18 for a city that is 1/4 the size of Winnipeg and has a smaller population. Whether you adjust for population or geography the Citizens of Vancouver are paying well over 100 thousand a year per Councillor to get the same job done any other city council in Canada manages to do on their own.
    The inflated municipal costs don’t stop there as somehow for a city 1/4 the size the City of Vancouver has more municipal employees than Winnipeg.

    To no surprise the City of Winnipeg’s municipal budget is over 350 million dollars LESS than Vancouver’s and unlike Vancouver the City of Winnipeg operates and funds it’s own water and sewer treatment plants with all homes having water meters, most for decades. The City of Winnipeg also funds and operates it’s own transit system, there are no zones and full Adult cash fare is only $ 2.65.
    Very few streets in Winnipeg have million dollar plus homes.

    So what do the Citizens of Winnipeg gain from a leaner City Hall Govt and no elected Park Board with it’s bloated bureaucracy, well……..

    While the VPB has 4 outdoor pools, the City of Wpg has 10 and half have free admission. The VPB has 8 hockey arenas (the same as Regina) while the City of Wpg supplies 12 but when you add seasonal indoor rinks and others at private schools or recreation centres they have 43. Every winter the City of Winnipeg builds 162 outdoor hockey rinks with lights and warming shacks, some have music and all are free. Dozens more skating areas are created at various parks and rivers when ponds and such freeze over and once again all free of charge. They also build and maintain multiple cross-country ski trails in parks, golf courses and on rivers along with tobogganing locations again all are free.

    Vancouver has 9 skateparks yet Winnipeg has 12. The City of Winnipeg also supplies far more wading pools and water/splash parks, playing fields and ball diamonds for it’s Citizens than Vancouver does. While the VPB’s Bloedel Conservatory charges admission and still loses money the City of Wpg’s Assiniboine Park Conservatory has never charged admission and is a welcome respite during long, cold winters.
    While the VPB boasts of having 220 parks and greenspaces the City of Winnipeg has over 900. The off-leash dog area alone at Winnipeg’s Kilcona Park is bigger than most of Vancouver’s nbhd parks.
    The fact is the City of Winnipeg and most other cities in Canada deliver more recreation per capita for less money than the VPB does and none see the need to elect a separate Park Board to debate love-locks, zip-lines, pop-up parks or $ 450,000 phallic-symbol art installations.

    The City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Park Board are the only municipal govt’s of any major city in Canada that lose money on Animal Control and dog licencing, around 1million/year at the COV and 4-5 million/year at the Vancouver Park Board. Only 1 in 7 dogs in Vancouver are licensed. The City of Calgary has an over 90% compliance rate licensing dogs and cats returning 3 million in profits/year to invest in parks and recreation.
    If the COV/VPB cannot at least break-even managing dogs then it’s time to contract out that service just like the COV has done with garbage and recycling (MMBC) towing ( Buster’s) and the the majority of construction traffic control, asphalt/cement supply and so on.

    Two separate levels of govt at the City of Vancouver just cost more to run and return less to the Citizens of Vancouver in services or recreation while fees just keep climbing to feed the machine known as Vancouver City Hall.
    Such is the legacy of the 2010 Olympics sold to the Public as what turns out to be LNG promise of it’s day.

    Last I’ll be leaving some comments on the page about the City of Vancouver selling off land on Great Northern Way noted in a previous article.
    What’s clear is that the City of Vancouver intends to pay for the Arbutus Corridor by selling off more assets from the East-Side of Vancouver.

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