Lethbridge City Council today approved an increase to the base salaries of Council members to bring them in line with the average of city council remuneration in other mid-sized Alberta municipalities.
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the base salary for aldermen/councillors will increase by $6,968 per year, and the base salary for the mayor will increase by $5,877 per year. Currently in Lethbridge, the base annual salary for aldermen/councillors is $32,167, compared to the average of $39,135 among municipalities used for comparison. Meanwhile, the current base salary for the Lethbridge mayor $97,432, compared to the average of $103,309 among other communities studied.
“Setting one’s own salary is always problematic for city councils. In this case I believe positioning ourselves in the middle of the pack with comparable Alberta communities is fair and reasonable,” said Mayor Rajko Dodic.
Municipalities studied for salary comparison include St. Albert, Red Deer, Airdrie, Grande Prairie, Medicine Hat, Strathcona County, and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Information was also gathered from Calgary and Edmonton but was excluded from the salary comparison along with the remaining highest and lowest comparators Wood Buffalo and Airdrie, respectively.
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