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Pay up for Thompson-Nicola Regional District directors and staff, but expenses down

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June 20, 2016 - 2:39 PM

KAMLOOPS - The regional district spent just under $9 million in total on personnel last year, including the director’s and employees’ salaries, remuneration and expenses.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District spent more than $8 million on employees' salaries in 2015, with another $500,000 going to elected officials. The increase in remuneration and salaries was partially offset by a decrease in expenses.

A total of 12 staff made over $100,000 a year — including the CAO who earned more than $200,000 — and 34 employees earning more than $75,000.

At more than $8.1 million, the payroll was just over $250,000 more than in 2014, when just under $7.9 million was spent. Employee expenses were down nearly $39,000 compared to 2014.

After the directors saw their remuneration drop by $2,000 between 2013 and 2014, it was bumped up by $13,000 for 2015 to more than $508,000 in total. However, directors kept their expenses down, only putting $140,000 on their tab, while in 2014 they topped $164,000.

In total, taxpayers actually spent less on elected district officials in 2015 compared to 2014 and 2013. Expenses and remuneration came in $10,000 less than 2014 and $2,000 less than 2013.

In 2015 there were 26 directors and nine alternates paid. In 2014 there were 33 directors listed and nine alternates, while 2013 had 27 directors and 12 alternates.

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