TORONTO - Toronto’s executive committee rejected Mayor Rob Ford’s call Wednesday for councillors to forego their raises this year.
Ford urged councillors to donate their 2014 cost-of-living salary increase back to the city.
Each councillor received an increase of $1,250 this year — a 1.2% pay hike based on the consumer price index. Councillors are paid $105,397 annually.
“We make more than enough money,” Ford told the committee before the vote. “Some councillors work harder than others and I don’t think everybody deserves the same pay increase.
“We all know that some people are going to many events, some people aren’t.”
The mayor said his office staff are more deserving of a pay increase than some councillors.
Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly recommended the committee defer Ford’s motion indefinitely — essentially burying the request. The committee quickly agreed and Ford appeared to be the lone vote in favour of the salary rollback.
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