(Updated with City’s info bulletin at bottom) The City of Vancouver has posted the salaries of staff earning over $75,000 in the ‘sunshine list’ included in the 2020 Statement of Financial Information. This report revealed that a total of $531,474,295 of the budget went to pay for salaries of City staff. This total doesn’t include the VPD, although the report lists ‘police protection’ as a line item at $350,064,000. The financial report also shows that the amount spent on suppliers in 2020 totalled $873,866,880. In 2019 the total expenditure on suppliers was $845,629,873. An open question is why were costs still increasing with numerous cutbacks related to the COVID-19 response?
These numbers are all relevant for citizens, as the main source paying for all of this is your wallet (the taxpayer). For example, at a population of about 650,000 population in Vancouver, the staff salaries come to over $800 per Vancouver resident. We believe value received for money spent needs to be assessed independently and systematically, and hope the future Auditor General will be able to do that for the Vancouver citizens.
Former City Manager Sadhu Johnston’s earned a total of $354,698 in 2020. The salaries for City Councillors and Park Board Commissioners are also listed in the report. It’s worth noting that for members of Council, there are salaries that come from additional sources, such as work on the Metro Vancouver board, which are not included in the City’s total.
The following table shows the salaries of select members of City Staff.
On page 44 of the SOFI report, there’s an important line on City revenues coming from taxes. In 2016, property taxes, penalties and interest was listed as $720,850,000. This increased to $935,538,000 for 2020.
Additional information on salaries, suppliers and other expenditures from past years can be found in the following post:
Part of the taxes collected by the City of Vancouver goes to Metro Vancouver to cover items such as water and sewage services. Metro Vancouver has not released a SOFI report yet for 2020, but it will likely be out within a month.
Meeting agenda for March 30th: https://council.vancouver.ca/20210330/regu20210330ag.htm
Resources (SOFI 2014-2019 reports):
Employee remuneration and expenses (earning over $75,000) for 2019
|Council||2020 CoV||CoV Local|
|DE GENOVA, M.||92,721||6,430|
|De Moura, C||145,887|
|Kelley, P (Gil)||280,733|
|Smith, D C||177,777|
|St. Michel, P||121,206|
TEXT OF CITY’S INFORMATION BULLETIN 24-MAR-2021
City releases 2020 Statement of Financial Information
In accordance with the Financial Information Act, the City of Vancouver has prepared its annual Statement of Financial Information (SOFI) report.
The SOFI report contains:
· Consolidated financial statements
· Schedules of debts and guarantee and indemnity agreements
· Remuneration and expenses for:
– Mayor and Councillors
– Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners
– Vancouver Police Board Members
– Employees (earning above $75,000)
· Payments to suppliers of goods and services (greater than $25,000)
The impacts to the City’s operations, costs and revenues in 2020 from the COVID-19 pandemic were significant. Operating revenues at year-end were $89 million below budget, primarily due to temporary closures of facilities and programs to meet provincial health and safety orders, and suspension or reduction of some revenue-generating activities such as parking fees. There was also a $16 million increase in operating costs due to the City’s response to the pandemic including increased facilities cleaning, support for single-room occupancy buildings and general sanitation.
Measures taken by the City to reduce expenses included delays to some capital projects, reduced discretionary spending, and compensation adjustments including staff furloughs, deferred merit increases and delays in hiring. There were also reductions in salary and benefits costs related to temporary layoffs for those working in areas where public-facing services had been suspended. These actions helped to offset the impact of the revenue shortfall.
Vancouver received SafeRestart funding of $16.4 million from the Province to partially offset revenue reductions from the pandemic. The City also received $6.8 million in senior government funding to put against the increase in operating costs related to its COVID-19 response efforts.
The City’s annual consolidated surplus of $229 million exceeded the budgeted annual surplus of $168.7 million by $60.2 million. This surplus reflects investments in tangible capital assets such as roads and utilities as well as funds received that will be spent in the following year, such as federal funding for housing through the Reaching Home initiative, Empty Homes Tax revenue which will be allocated to new affordable housing initiatives, and contributions from development for future City assets and amenities.
Given the ongoing pandemic and associated uncertainty this year, the City expects continued financial impacts in 2021 and will continue to carefully manage its finances, holding staffing and operating spending below 2020 budget levels along with the City Council-approved reductions to the remainder of the 2019-2022 capital plan.
There is also uncertainty related to the potential financial impacts from the Vancouver Police Board’s application to the Province for a review of the 2021 Budget approved by City Council.
The consolidated financial statements have been audited by the independent firm of KPMG LLP.
The City of Vancouver makes all of its financial reports available to the public on our web site, including quarterly financial reports, City Council salaries and expenses, annual financial reports, and statements of financial information.