Sault Ste. Marie’s outgoing Mayor and councillors will not receive a severance package as they leave office, but that’s not the case elsewhere in the province or other municipalities in Canada.
According to a report from the Winnipeg sun, ex-Winnipeg councillors are entitled to three weeks salary for every year in office up to a maximum of six months. Former mayor Sam Katz and seven ex-city councillors will cost taxpayers $400,000.
In British Columbia , municipal elections are held on November 15 with cities like Surrey, Richmond and North Vancouver having similar policies.
That’s not the case in Sault Ste. Marie. Mayor Debbie Amaroso, who was defeated after her one term as Mayor will get her last honorarium at the end of November. Three councillors, Frank Manzo, Pat Mick and Brian Watkins will also receive their last paycheck at the end of the Month. The new council is sworn in December 1.
In Toronto, according to the Toronto Sun, severance packages total $500,000 with some long term councillors each receiving close to $94,000 at the end of the current term.
Rachel Tyczinski Deputy City Clerk and Manager of Quality Improvement Saultonline.com that no such policy is in place at City Hall. “It doesn’t seem right”
Many who run for office have other careers and do not rely on their honorariums to make a living.
Locally, the Mayor is paid about $68,000 a year while councillors receive around $24,000 annually.