Council meets for the first time in a month
City council will review several budget reports when it meets for the first time in a month tonight at Tom Davies Square.
Included on the agenda is a look at office budgets for Mayor Marianne Matichuk and the 12 city councillors, both of whom came in under budget for the last fiscal year.
Matichuk's expenses totalled $569,377, $40,447 less than her office budgeted. Councillors, meanwhile, spent a collective $946,086, or $68,559 less than forecast.
In terms of pay, Matichuk made $111,638.80 in salary, and $3,038.24 in fringe benefits. The top earner, the mayor is also the only full-time politician at the municipal level. On city council, Ward 5 Coun. Ron Dupuis took home the most, his $39,939.86 pay added to $10,113.01 in fringe benefits. Next on the list was Ward 6 Coun. Andre Rivest ($39,444.08, plus $9,997.24), followed by Ward 12 Coun. Joscelyne Landry-Altmann ($38,145.35, plus $9,859.57).
The bottom three earners were Ward 10 Frances Caldarelli ($33,373.76, plus $7,211.45), Ward 9 Coun. Doug Craig ($34,672.49, plus $6,219.56) and Ward 3 Coun. Claude Berthiaume ($34,887.68, plus $7,031.20).
Councillors receive a base salary, and earn more for chairing or sitting on additional committees, being deputy mayor or sitting on the Sudbury and District Health Unit board. Fringe benefits include such things as Canada Pension Plan, dental and extended health benefits, and travel, life and parking benefits.
The full expenses report can be seen at the city's website, agendasonline.greatersudbury.ca/index.cfm?pg=feed&action=file&agenda=report&itemid=11&id=718.
Also on the agenda is approval to spend money from councillors' healthy community initiative funds, a $50,000 budget each councillor can spend each year in their wards, and can carry unspent money into the next year. Tonight, council is being asked to approve $52,000 to spend on capital projects in Ward 7.
They include $17,000 for new boards and netting at the Skead Outdoor Rink; $15,000 to paint Capreol Arena; $10,000 for benches and bike racks for Capreol Riverfront Beach Program, and $10,000 on the Capreol Community Improvement Plan.
Other HCI funds on the docket tonight include $1,500 from both Ward 10 and Ward 12 for the Lions Eye in the Sky Advisory Board.
Councillors with the biggest HCI surpluses are Rivest, who started the year with a $152,812 balance, and ended with $181,734, and Craig, who started 2013 with $43,513 in his HCI bank, and finished with $64,109.
Read the full year-end HCI fund report here: agendasonline.greatersudbury.ca/index.cfm?pg=feed&action=file&attachment=11672.pdf.
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