There will be no pay increase for Campbell River council this year.
The mayor and six councillors have had their yearly pay increase based on the previous year’s Consumer Price Index.
That’s happened since 2020.
But with inflation running wild and the CPI approaching 7 per cent, council felt an increase of that size wouldn’t go over well with taxpayers.
It agreed earlier this month to amend the council remuneration bylaw to state that for the year 2023 the pay will be the same as 2022.
The CPI calculation is still in place for future years and for times when the CPI is negative, the pay will remain the same as the previous year.
The mayor was paid $80,176 in 2022 while councillors earned $30,467 – 38 per cent of the mayor’s salary.
In an email to Vista Radio, Campbell River Communications Manager Alison Harrower says “the impact of the mayor and council not taking a salary increase in 2023 is a savings of $19,513.”