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Directors ponder paycheques

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District directors are wading into the political minefield that involves their own wallets.

The board has unanimously agreed to review the current remuneration bylaw, including the method of payment to the elected directors.

Rhona Martin, Area E (Rural Sicamous) director, said there was significant discussion at the committee level about the issue and how remuneration rates compare with other regional districts.

The ability of political boards to set salary rates can often pose a conundrum for politicians, who may not want to be seen as voting themselves a raise, which comes from taxpayer dollars.

Currently CSRD directors are paid in a variety of ways. The CSRD chair earns $23,114 per year in addition to the $11,128 which is the remuneration collected by all the directors of the board.

Electoral area directors are also compensated $4,576 per year for travel costs.

Directors are also paid to attend a variety of meetings, including CSRD board meetings,  at a rate of $188 per meeting.

Other, more localized meetings, are paid out at a rate of $59 per meeting.

Directors are also paid to attend conventions like the Union of BC Municipalities at a rate of $188 per day including travel time to and from the event.

Mileage costs are also paid out at a rate of 15 cents per kilometre.

 

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