Additional Pay Puts 34 Extra City Employees In The Sunshine Club

Public Open House Budget Session

An extra pay period put an additional 34 Municipal employees in the sunshine list for 2014. The total of city employees earning more than $100,000 a year stands at 174 compared to 124 in 2013.

The list is part of council’s agenda for Monday night.

The highest paid city employee was Bob Kates, deputy chief for Sault Ste. Marie Police service at $213,516 plus taxable benefit of roughly $6,200.  Kates retired from that position in September of 2014. Soon to be retired CAO Joe Fratesi walked away with $202,622 plus another $7 grand in taxable benefits. Fratesi retires in May of this year.

Organizations that receive public funding from the Province of Ontario are required to disclose annually the names, positions, salaries and total taxable benefits of employees with a reported salary of $100,000 or more in a calendar year. The reported salary is based on actual payments made during the year as reported on the T4 statement

Just five years ago, only 75  municipal employees cracked the $100,000 salary. Since then, 99 have been added and that’s just municipal employees. Factor in school boards, Judicial and hospital workers adds up to well over  600 in Sault Ste. Marie earning top bucks courtesy the tax payer.

City employees are paid on a bi-weekly basis which results in 26 pay periods. However, approximately every eleven years the calendar falls in such a way that it results in 27 pay periods. A bi-weekly pay schedule is based on 364 days per year and a calendar year has 365 or 366 days. Over an eleven year period these partial bi-weekly periods accumulate to result in the additional pay period. The last time that City employees experienced 27 pay periods was 2003.

By comparison, former Mayor Debbie Amaroso earned just over $72,000 in salary and benefits before losing the October 2014 election to Christian Provenzano. The new Mayor earned just over $8,000 in December 2014.  The salary paid to elected officials is called an Honorarium and also includes benefits such as car allowances.

Of the 174 municipal employees, the bulk of people earning in excess of $100,000 work at Sault Police Services, Sault Fire Services add up to 40 while only 28 at 99 Foster Drive (civic centre)