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Cost to compensate County councillors about $664k last year

Posted April 29, 2014

Simcoe County's 32 councillors cost taxpayers $664,032 in remunerations, mileage, internet and conference expenses in 2013, according to the 2013 financial report tabled recently.

Warden Cal Patterson, mayor of Wasaga Beach, topped the list drawing a salary of $60,773, plus $11,542 in conference expenses.

County council is comprised of the mayors and deputy mayors of the 16 member municipalities. Councillors receive an annual salary of $8,479 and $212 per meeting they attend.

New Tecumseth mayor Mike MacEachern's remuneration was $13,357, claimed $970 in mileage, $600 for internet, and $1,397 to attend the AMO conference in Ottawa.

Deputy mayor Rick Milne received $18,445 in remuneration, $2,456 in mileage, no internet claim, and $1,609 to attend AMO.

Adjala-Tosorontio mayor Tom Walsh was paid $13,569, claimed $1,407 in mileage, no internet, and $529 to attend the Good Roads convention.

Deputy mayor Mary Brett Small's remuneration was $14,841, $2,319 in mileage, $300 internet, and $1,487 to attend AMO.

Essa mayor Terry Dowdall was paid $14,205, and $1,237 in mileage, no internet claim, and $1,468 for AMO conference.

Deputy mayor Sandi Macdonald's remuneration was $13,781, $555 in mileage. $300 for internet, and $1,230 for AMO.

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