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Salaries at Kamloops city hall up by $1.8 million in 2023

City of Kamloops employees were paid nearly $2 million more from 2022 to 2023.

The boost in worker salaries went to both union staff and management equating to an average $34 property tax increase to the average household to pay for the increases last year, according to a city of Kamloops report.

The annual report details salaries for city employees and elected officials. It shows an overall increase of 2.5 per cent in salaries for employees, accounting for $73.8 million of the 2023 budget.

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Union employees had a 5.5% increase to $43.6 million and management salaries went up by 3.9% to $14.8 million. The fire department's share of the budget, however, dropped by 7.4% to $15.4 million when compared to 2022 due to a retroactive payout at the time following a union agreement.

The city is required by legislation to publish the individual salaries of all employees earning at least $75,000 — a list that includes hundreds of municipal employees.

The highest earners on that list include chief administrative officer David Trawin at around $307,000, deputy chief administrative officer Byron McCorkell at around $241,000 and development and engineering director Marvin Kwiatkowski at around $218,000.

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All city councillors, meanwhile, took home $46,916 as their salary, while the mayor earned $128,693 in salary and benefits. Mayor Reid Hamer-Jackson also topped the list of expenses with $11,207 claimed in 2023, followed by $9,941 from Coun. Nancy Bepple and $9,518 from Coun. Bill Sarai.

The full report can be found here.

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