Summerland council cost $116K

The cost of Summerland’s municipal council was $116,236.67 in 2012.

The cost of Summerland’s municipal council was $116,236.67 in 2012.

The price includes $97,406.55 in remuneration for the mayor and six councillors and $18,830.12 in expenses.

Mayor Janice Perrino received $26,658.81 in remuneration while the councillors received $11,791.29 each.

While the amount seems low, Perrino said it ensures those in council roles will view their positions as a form of service to the community, not a career.

Expenses claimed by the members of council varied widely.

Perrino’s expense total came to $6,699.32.

Of the councillors, Coun. Peter Waterman had the highest total at $3,677.86, followed by Coun. Orv Robson with $3,510.93. Coun. Martin Van Alphen’s expenses came to $3,174.78 and Coun. Robert Hacking’s expense claims totalled $1,703.23. Coun. Lloyd Christopherson claimed $64 in expenses while Coun. Bruce Hallquist had no expense claims.

The remuneration includes expenses for travel and conventions the council members attend.

Perrino’s amount includes travel to an event in Ottawa as well as travel to events locally and within the province.