Saint Andrews Town Council Votes To Give Themselves Pay Raises

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Saint Andrews Town Council Votes To Give Themselves Pay Raises

Saint Andrews Town Council voted to give salary increases to be more competitive with the salaries now allotted to councillors and mayors for other newly amalgamated Charlotte County communities of the Municipal District of St. Stephen and Eastern Charlotte. The province set new wages for municipalities like St. Stephen and Eastern Charlotte which had full elections in November as part of local governance reform. Saint Andrews, however, had only a by-election since its population grew under 50 per cent despite the addition of former LSDs Bayside and Chamcook.

Saint Andrews Council, however, is allowed to set its own remuneration. Council decided to use the formula put out by the Association of Francophone Municipalities of New Brunswick as a guide, which includes factoring in population, services provided to the public, institutions and infrastructure within the municipality, the average tax base per resident and size of the municipality to determine appropriate wages. Saint Andrews Council determined that, based on this guide, their recommended salary ranges should be between $34,400 and $42,650 for the mayor, $14,792 and $20,472 for the deputy mayor, and $13,072 and $18,339 for councillors. Currently, Mayor Brad Henderson's annual salary is $13,525, Deputy Mayor Kate Akagi makes approximately $9,000 and councillors earn $7,542. 

Former Town Councillor Guy Groulx attended a public hearing to express his concern regarding the pay raises. He said the Local Governance Act prohibits council members to use their position for personal gain. Groulx called for an independent committee to be appointed to determine council members' salaries.

Town Clerk Paul Nopper said Council has the right to determine their own salaries, and Council ultimately voted unanimously in favour raising their pay in January 2023.
 

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