Democracy cost $104K

There is a price to having an elected government and in Summerland, that price came to $104,925.25 in 2010.

There is a price to having an elected government and in Summerland, that price came to $104,925.25 in 2010.

This figure includes the remuneration for the members of council and the expenses they incurred over the year.

Mayor Janice Perrino’s pay was $25,911.34. She also had $4,489.07 in expenses.

Each of the six councillors received $11,460.90 for their duties. Coun. Jim Kyluik had the highest expense bill among the councillors, with $2,879.12. Next was Coun. Ken Roberge with $2,089.30, followed by Coun. Sam Elia, with $791.62 in expenses.

Coun. Lloyd Christopherson, Coun. Gordon Clark and Coun. Bruce Hallquist did not claim any expenses in 2010.

The council pay figures were among the expenses released in the municipality’s 2010 Statement of Financial Information, which was presented at the municipal council meeting on Monday evening.

The costs of the elected officials are small in comparison to the total remuneration paid to municipal workers.

Wages and expenses for all on the municipality’s payroll, including council members and all staff, came to $6,697,237.20 in 2010.


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