Hamilton tops council expenses

Remuneration and expenses report released at last council meeting

Coun. Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton claimed the largest expenses among members of Delta’s council in 2012, according to the annual council remuneration and expenses report released at the last council meeting.

Between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2012, Hamilton claimed $9,434.66, more than second-place spender Jeannie Kanakos, who claimed $8,951.32.

The most frugal councillor was Robert Campbell, who at $4,214.84 claimed just eight per cent of the seven-member council’s $52,505.92 total.

Mayor Lois Jackson expensed $6,610 for her role on council, and a further $1,578.65 for her role on the Delta Police Board.

Council’s total remuneration in 2012 was $485,162.98 with a further $6,473.71 in benefits, which represents a 10.3 per cent increase from the previous year. That’s because last year council approved an 11.9 per cent increase to councillor pay—$49,294.44 from $44,048—while the mayor received a 6.3 per cent bump—$110,460.34 from $103,932.

Council’s pay is based on a formula that compares their remuneration to those of four Metro Vancouver municipalities with similar populations—Coquitlam, Richmond, Township of Langley and the District of North Vancouver.

Council’s car allowance also increased this year by $200 per month per council member, costing the Corporation $78,936 in total, or a 27 per cent increase. The rationale cited for this last year was to reflect the increasing cost of fuel, insurance and vehicle maintenance.

Annual remuneration reports of council are a requirement under the Community Charter, which outlines what the mayor and each councillor earned in base pay, car allowance, benefits and total expenses related to their duties in office.

Surrey North Delta Leader

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey Police’s role in Barnston Island still needs ‘to be looked at’

Surrey RCMP polices unincorporated island a short ferry ride across Parson’s Channel

Surrey looking into reducing residential speed limits

Surrey city council on Feb. 24 approved five ‘key pillars’ of a Surrey Transportation Plan

‘We have to triage’: Surrey teachers stage ‘walk-in’ to support public education

Teachers raising awareness after more than one year at the bargaining table

Suspected drugs, counterfeit cash seized during distracted driving stop: Surrey RCMP

Police said incident happened near 152nd Street and Fraser Highway

Fate of five-district policing model in Surrey rests with new police board

Whalley/City Centre, Guildford/Fleetwood, Newton, Cloverdale, and South Surrey districts formed under McCallum’s watch in 1998

Two law enforcement trucks ‘deliberately’ set on fire in northern B.C., RCMP say

Police say they have video evidence of a person in the area of the truck fires

B.C. mother, daughter return home after coronavirus quarantine in Asia

Jensine Morabito and her daughter were on Holland America’s Westerdam but did not catch the virus

Leap Year means we get an extra day in February, so how are you spending it?

People online have a number of suggestions and plans on how they will be spending Saturday

Greta sticker that drew outrage in Alberta not child pornography: RCMP

X-Site Energy Services has denied having anything to do with the stickers

Bald eagle hit by train in northern B.C. has a chance of survival

The raptor has been taken to OWL in the Lower Mainland for recovery

Cheslatta Carrier Nation and Rio Tinto sign a historic agreement

Co-operation crucial to stem dropping Nechako Reservoir level

Hundreds of B.C. firefighters ‘climb the wall’ for BC Lung Association

The charity fundraiser saw participants climbing up 48 storeys

Stories of sexual assault at B.C. tree planting camps ‘shocking but not surprising:’ advocate

Contractors’ association is working with trainers to create respectful culture

Most Read