Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Toronto City Council getting 1.2% pay hike this year

TORONTO - City council will get a 1.2% pay raise this year.

The Toronto Sun confirmed Wednesday that councillors will get a $1,250 bump in 2014, raising their annual salary to $105,397 each.

Councillors approved the increase with no debate as part of the 2014 budget that included a 2.23% tax hike.

Because the increase is based on the 2013 consumer price index average, a final number wasn’t set until recently but the budget included a plan for a 1.5% increase.

Councillors received a 1.5% increase in 2013, a 3% increase in 2012 and agreed to a pay freeze in 2011.

Mayor Rob Ford also gets an automatic raise although he is refusing to accept it.

The mayor’s salary is getting a $2,104 bump up to a total of $177,499.

Ford promised back in December to donate his pay hike back to the city.

“I think we get paid enough. You shouldn’t be doing the job for the money, you should be doing the job to help people,” he said at the time.

A copy of Ford’s donor declaration form signed this week confirmed he returned his 2014 pay hike.
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