Council voted Thursday to accept consultant's recommendation on pay raises.
TRURO – After listening to the views of their constituents, a number of Colchester County councillors have changed their opinion on how much money the mayor's position should pay.
Council Thursday night voted that the mayor's pay and that of all councillors be increased by the amounts recommended by an independent consultant.
That means that the mayor's salary will increase to $46,500 from $39,500.
Council had originally given first reading to a bylaw that proposed increasing the mayoral remuneration by $10,000 more than was recommended in the consultant's review.
"I just want to make it very clear, I didn't take on the job of councillor or mayor for the money. I'd be crazy to," Mayor Bob Taylor said, of his support for the higher increase.
"It's not about me. It's about the position and about attracting people to the position in the future," he said.
Some councillors, however, including Wade Parker, who supported the original bylaw proposal, said that after hearing from a number of residents on the matter that council should have stuck to the consultant's recommendations, he was changing his vote to reflect that opinion.
First-term councillors Doug MacInness, Mike Gregory and Geoff Stewart voted against the final motion.
Under the new bylaw, the deputy mayor will receive $29,000 per year while councillors will each receive $23,700.