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Councillors cost ratepayers over $328k in 2013

Posted March 24, 2014

The annual statement of remuneration and expenses for New Tecumseth councillors was $328,560 last year, topped by mayor Mike MacEachern, whose pay and expenses claimed was $47,166. That includes the base salary of $34,495.

Deputy mayor Rick Milne was next at $38,016, including a base salary of $25,990. The mayor and deputy mayor also collect remunerations and expenses as members of County council.

Among New Tecumseth councillors, who each receive a base salary of $20,163, Bruce Haire, Ward 7, was at $32,804. At the bottom end, Jim Stone, Ward 8, received a total of $27,684.

The remunerations and expenses include $4,352 in health benefits, $600 in car allowance - though three members take mileage instead - as well telephone and communications expenses.

As for conference expenses, Ward 6 councillor Richard Norcross was highest expensing $3,182, while Mr. Stone claimed $30 for attending the OSUM conference last year which was held in New Tecumseth.

Five committees - Accessibility, NVCA, Lake Simcoe, Committee of Adjustment, and Cemetery Board - cost $2,186 in remunerations.

Next week, is the annual "Sunshine" list for those paid $100,000 or more in the public sector.

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