Pay review in works for Colchester County Council

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Staff instructed to compare responsibilities to remuneration scale

Colchester County Council

TRURO – So, how much is your councillor worth? And what about the mayor?

Those are questions that Colchester County council is asking as it undergoes a review of the pay scales for the mayor’s position and the 11 councillor seats.

Council has asked staff to undertake a review to provide an up-to-date scope of the responsibilities for mayor and council.

“It’s just not good enough anymore to say you will run for council and show up twice a month for meetings,” said councilor Bill Masters. “You’ve got to know what you’re doing and research items and we make decisions here, multi-million dollar decisions. And those decisions require commitment, transparency, integrity and I ‘ve always been of the opinion you generally have to pay for what you get and in order to attract qualified people to serve around this table and on our boards, they’ve got to also be given a reasonable remuneration.”

Mayor Bob Taylor’s remuneration for this year is $39,204 while deputy mayor Masters receives $23,897. Councillor remuneration for this year is $18,335.

All figures have been increased by 3.8 per cent over last year, based on annual adjustments related to the Consumer Price Index. Beyond the annual inflation increases, council last hiked its own pay scale in 2006.

Truro Mayor Bill Mills, by comparison, is paid $34,531 per year while town councilors receive $19,933. Truro’s deputy mayor receives $22,428.

“It is a job that not everybody has the time to do or wants to do but those that do, are required to do a heck of a lot more than used to be the case,” Masters said.

“I think we’ve got to look at what we do, what our responsibilities are and what’s our fair entitlement. I shouldn’t even say entitlement because entitlement is not the right word. What is our fair remuneration?”

Staff is report back to council once it has completed its review of responsibilities.

“We’ve got some very contentious issues, we’ve got a lot of big ticket items on the go,” Taylor said. “We’re making million-dollar decisions, $30-million budget, so I think we have to take all that into consideration.”

Comparison of council remunerations

Colchester County:

Mayor - $39,204

Deputy mayor - $23,897

Councillor - $18,335


Kings County:

Mayor - $45,000

Deputy mayor - $33,000

Councillor - $28,000



Mayor - $43,988

Deputy mayor - $30791

Councillor - $23,078


East Hants :

Mayor - $34,384

Deputy mayor - $22,183

Councillor - $17,747


West Hants:

Mayor - $36,000

Deputy mayor - $21,000

Councillor - $16,000



Mayor - $37,337

Deputy mayor - $20,272

Councillor - $17,738


Pictou County:

Mayor - $45,889

Deputy mayor - $22,228

Councillor - $17,048


Town of Truro:

Mayor - $34,531

Deputy mayor - $22,428

Councillor - $19,933



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  • Truth Squad
    February 06, 2013 - 11:26

    Sounds like a conflict of interest, being able to review your own job and decide what to be paid. If a raise is voted and passed, next it will be the staff at the county office looking for more money, and rightfully so, as they are the ones who have to implement the million dollar decisions the council makes. Problem is, it is the constituents who have to pay, and we have no say in this whole process of deciding what is a "fair" amount. Any raises for anyone receiving taxpayer monies should be voted on by the taxpayer. Mr Masters has been on council for a while, and he not only gets the 3.8%, but also the pay increase for being deputy mayor, while his constituents will most likely not get a raise at all this year. The other problem is some of these multi-million dollar decisions takes years to develop and implement before it can really be determined if the decisions were good ones. Hopefully council will act with integrity and remember where this money will be coming from, especially in another 4 years when they are knocking on our door, looking for our vote.

  • john
    February 05, 2013 - 05:48

    but, aren't they entitled to their entitlements?

  • Charles
    February 04, 2013 - 15:23

    ROTFL Wonder why we didn't do the just before the election?

  • Ross Moore
    February 04, 2013 - 15:03

    Some councillors are worth more but some are worth a lot less. The mayor should get more with the amount of and type of work he has to do. It's like any job, you should only be paid for the amount of work and quality of work you do.

    • Brenda
      February 04, 2013 - 21:56

      I think councillors knew what the salary was when they ran for office. To be looking for another raise on top of the 3.8% that was just awarded is insulting to taxpayers who are struggling to make ends meet. It seems that your unfounded sense of importance is clouding your judgement!!

  • ikim
    February 04, 2013 - 14:19

    Don't you wish you could vote yoursef a pay raise based on an "internal review?". Why don't they just say they are raising thier salaries like or not...The reviw process is simply a distraction. And, what If the "review" stated that the mayor and council positions are generaly over paid? I... Its a funney song and dance; a pre deterimined outcome parading as "responsible" governemnt.