City Council unanimously approved today that City Council salaries remain at 2019 rates for 2020 and that City of Lethbridge administrative employee salaries are also held at 2019 rates for 2020. Each year, Council and administrative salaries are commonly adjusted for cost of living purposes. For 2020, there will be no cost of living increases for either group. This decision comes in consideration of the economic environment, both provincially and locally.
"We know that the climate right now is to hold the line, focus on being fiscally responsible and position ourselves for future success," says Mayor Chris Spearman. "By holding our wages at 2019 rates, we are leading by example, and think it is prudent to have City administrative employees do the same."
Mayor and Council follow a Council Remuneration and Benefits Policy that allows for cost of living adjustments on an annual basis. The decision today is suspending that policy for 2020.
"City Council is committed to accountable leadership and financial stewardship in our strategic plan," says Deputy Mayor Belinda Crowson. "This is one more way we can be accountable to the citizens we serve."
The City of Lethbridge has 197 administrative employees. All other employees fall within ten different collective agreements based on area of work.
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