No One Showed Up For A Council Compensation Review Public Meeting


The first of two public meetings to review a possible salary increase for Windsor city councillors and the mayor was a short one.  

No one from the public showed up.

The meeting started with a short PowerPoint presentation and then it was open to questions but no one was in attendance.

"Apparently it seems that it is not a concern for the taxpayer," says George Wilkie, council compensation review committee member.  "That's all I can make of it, I mean even given that it is vacation season, you think there would be at least one person who would be in attendance and asking questions. I'm a little disappointed."

The committee is studying whether council should get a pay increase after changes by the Canada Revenue Agency to the tax free allowance  would result in councillors and the mayor getting less take-home pay.

Council last received a pay increase 13 years ago in 2005 of 1.9%

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A presentation by members of the Council Compensation Review Committee. August 8, 2018 (Photo by AM800's Teresinha Medeiros)

Wilkie admits the timing of the review is not ideal but "It is always a bad time. It is an election year, if it is in a new council then they will say why did you run, you knew what the pay was."

An online survey has received 654 responses.

Another meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 7pm at Windsor City Hall.