Sunday, July 03, 2016

City of Kamloops payroll rises by $6 million in 2015

By: Andrea Klassen in Kamloops This Week- Municipal Government, News July 1, 2016
A pay raise for city council increased Mayor Peter Milobar’s salary by about $11,000 in 2015. The city’s annual statement of financial information shows the mayor made $99,483 last year, compared to $88,534 in 2014, due to a change in how council pay is calculated brought in last term. Under the new rules, Milobar’s pay is calculated by taking the average paid in 14 B.C. communities, including Kelowna, Delta and Prince George, once the highest and lowest salaries are removed. If the mayor’s current pay is less than 90 per cent of that average, his wage is increased by two times the Consumer Price Index for Vancouver. Councillors were paid 35 per cent of Milobar’s wage in 2015, bringing them to just over $30,000 each for the year. That amount will increase to 40 per cent by 2017 — about $39,800 if calculated using 2015’s mayoral wage. Payouts to city staff rose by $6 million last year, to $60.6 million. Of the city’s 1,087 staff, 293 made more than $75,000 in 2015, up from 256 the year before. Of that group, 172 made more than $100,000, up from 82 the year before. Finance director Kathy Humphrey said the rise in employees making more than $75,000 — the point at which individual city salaries become public record — is due to an additional payday in last year’s calendar. Our first payday of the year was January 2 and the last was actually December 31, so people were paid for more than 26 pay periods. It just happened to be 27,” she said. “Their salary didn’t go up, nothing changed. It’s very likely they won’t be on the list next year.” Humphrey said the payday added about four per cent to most employees’ salaries. About 30 city employees made it onto this year’s public salary list for the first time due to the payday, and Humphrey said many of them will likely fall off again in 2016, which has fewer paydays. Twenty-four employees also crested the $100,000 mark due to the calendar quirk. As has been the case in previous years, Kamloops Fire Rescue staff and management had more employees on the list than any other division. Of KFR’s 134 employees, 117 made more than $100,000 and another five made more than $75,000. The number of firefighters making more than $100,000 is up dramatically from last year, when it was 48. Humphrey said the change is due to retroactive payouts for 2012, 2013 and 2014, the contracts for which were settled after the fact. In cases where firefighters worked full-time, Humphrey said retroactive pay increased salaries for the year by up to 20 per cent.
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