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Council looking at a wage increase

By Tim Davidson Apr 17, 2023 | 2:03 PM

Kenora city councillors can expect a bit of a wage increase this year.

It’s been recommended that council members get a 1.5 percent increase in 2023.

Mayor Andrew Poirier says there might be some backlash from some community members, but the increase is minimal.

“We don’t do it for the money,” Poirier told the Committee of the Whole meeting last week.

“I’ve never met someone who’s done it for the financial gains for the time that people put in.  I can think of many other things to do to make this amount of money or more.”

Poirier calls the increase fair.

“As much as this would be contentious in the community, because it always will be, I fully support it.  I think it’s a reasonable amount.  It follows process, it’s follows policy and it follows tradition.”

The proposal which will be voted on this week calls to the mayor to make$41,263.61 with a per diem of $199.86.

Council would make half that amount, or $20,706.50, a similar per diem.

Council will vote on the increase at it’s open meeting Wednesday evening.


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