Surrey politicians, staff cost taxpayers more than $170M in 2014

SURREY – Taxpayers forked out just over $635,000 for their civic politicians in 2014, according to the recently released 2014 Statement of Financial Information.

Another $170 million went to city employees.

All in all, elected officials were paid $475,530 in salary, $79,802 in taxable benefits and separation allowances, and they racked up $79,729 in expenses.

Dianne Watts made $118,997 last year, with $76,068 in other benefits, including $13,397 in car allowance and a separation allowance of $62,605.

Between her councillor compensation and mayoral pay after the November election, Linda Hepner made $69,384.70 plus about $900 in other benefits and had close to $15,000 in expenses.

Re-elected councillors Tom Gill, Bruce Hayne, Mary Martin, Barbara Steele and Judy Villeneuve earned $67,535, $67,373, $62,085, $67,552 and $67,552 respectively.

Surrey-Panorama MLA Marvin Hunt, who left council part way through the year, was paid $6,452.

Barinder Rasode lost her councillor seat after losing her mayoral bid in November. She was paid $65,674.

Councillor Dave Woods, Vera LeFranc and Mike Starchuk – all elected in the 2014 civic election in November -were paid $1,877.

Hayne had the most expenses last year ($15,050), followed by Hepner ($14,937), Martin ($10,553), Villeneuve ($10,306), Gill ($9,686), Steele ($9,167), Rasode($8,771), Watts ($8,721), Hunt ($947.25), LeFranc ($137), Starchuk ($124) and Woods ($114).

Meanwhile, City of Surrey employees made more than $154 million last year in salaries alone. When factoring in expenses, as well as taxable and other benefits, the bill came to more than $170 million.

A total of 828 employees took home more than $75,000 in 2014, up from 805 employees in 2013.

The top five earners were city manager Vincent Lalonde who earned about $250,212; manager of finance and technology Vivienne Wilke who made roughly $234,600; manager of planning and development Jean Lamontagne who took home just under $224,000; manager of parks, recreation and culture Laurie Cavan who earned just shy of $222,000. Operations manager Gerry McKinnon earned $204,662.

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