Township forming committee to review council compensation

Brock Township is set to form a committee to review the compensation received by members of council.

Members passed a lengthy motion from Ward 3 Councillor Walter Schummer with little discussion at Monday (April 1) night’s meeting that provided a rough framework and directed staff to develop terms of reference.

The group will be comprised by members of council – the motion suggests the mayor, as well as the chairs of the finance and administration committees – as well as taxpayers.

“It just can’t be members of council,” Coun. Schummer said.

“The optics are poor and the ethics are questionable.”

He noted that similar committees have been formed in other municipalities and said it was an “appropriate” means of ensuring that compensation paid to members of council is reasonable.

The committee will conduct a “thorough and fulsome” review of the compensation paid to members of council, which currently includes a base salary, benefits, expense allowance and severance upon election defeat or resignation.

Payouts to politicians topped nearly $215,000 in 2018, with an additional $27,000 worth of severance payments to four former members of council that came in 2019. The municipality spent more than $33,000 on severance in total.

The motion states that the committee conduct a review once every two terms, with its recommendation to council coming at least one full year before a municipal election.

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