Nelson city wages stay consistent

As part of its annual financial report, the City of Nelson publishes the wages and expenses of all employees who make over $75,000.

Nelson Hydro manager Alex Love is once again the highest paid civic employee, followed closely by city manager Kevin Cormack, according to the 2013 finance report. Love made $158,632 in 2013 and Cormack received $156,751.

As part of its annual financial report, the City of Nelson publishes the wages and expenses of all employees who make over $75,000, as well as the remuneration for the mayor and city council.

This latest numbers were nearly identical to the previous year’s, with 37 employees making over $75,000, for a total of $3,840,317 last year compared to $3,801,000 in 2012.

The five highest paid employees in 2013 were Alex Love, Kevin Cormack, Garth Georgetti ($155,857), Cal Laybourne ($154,266)and Dana Hamilton ($129,617). The latter three are power line technicians.

The highest paid city councillor was Donna Macdonald at $19,117, compared to $19,469 in 2012. She also claimed $6,149 in expenses in 2013 compared to $3,573 the previous year.

Mayor John Dooley made slightly less in 2013 than in 2012, bringing home $45,173 compared to $46,645.

Half of the councillors this year (Bob Adams, Robin Cherbo and Deb Kozak) made $17,671 and overall the city paid the mayor and council $154,238 in 2013. Collectively they claimed $37,454 in expenses.

The largest expenses were incurred by councillor Candace Batycki at $8,378. Paula Kiss claimed less than half that amount at $4,007.

For employees making less than $75,000, the total remuneration rose slightly from $5,389,029 to $5,636,861. Expenses jumped from $78,564 to $86,585.

The consolidated financial statements have been audited by Berg, Lehmann Chartered Accountants.


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