How much is an elected official worth? Langley City councillors ended up having a spirited debate when deciding how much to pay the acting mayor.
The debate centred on whether to allow the automatic pay raise in 2014 take effect.
Councillor Dave Hall lobbied to adjust City policy to not allow the automatic raise.
Current City policy links council pay to averages paid to other Lower Mainland communities.
Langley Township got into a heated debate over the automatic pay raises last year.
Hall agreed with the rest of council that the acting mayor should receive the mayor's salary but he was unsuccessful in getting the rest of council to agree with him to forego the automatic pay raise, amounting to about $3,100.
"We have a unique circumstance" to deal with the pay issue, he said.
He noted that New Westminster pay increased 11 per cent in two years and such hikes affect all the communities with policies for these automatic pay raises.
Deputy Mayor Gayle Martin was called on more than once to rule on a point of order as others on council disagreed with Hall wanting to debate the pay increases during a motion about mayoral remuneration.
Hall said the mayor's salary has increased 77 per cent since 2008 and that council has failed to address compounding increases.
Hall attempted to introduce pay amounts for recent years but Martin called the vote on the motion before council.
In 2008 the mayor's pay was $44,215. The 2009 amount was $57,308 with the 2010 pay at $71,649. In 2011, the figure was $76,250 and last year was $78,345. As well one third of the pay is tax exempt.
Councillor pay is 40 per cent of the mayor's pay as they are considered part-time positions. In 2011, councillors were paid $29,194. The 2012 figure was 30,500 with the 2013 pay set for $31,338.
The City population has gone from 23,606 in 2006 to 25,081 in 2011, Hall noted.
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