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South Okanagan-Similkameen regional board approves committee to look into remuneration issue

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen board of directors approved the selection of a five person committee to look at elected official's remuneration at Thursday's board meeting, Sept. 5, 2019.
September 06, 2019 - 5:30 PM

PENTICTON - Regional directors moved a step closer to sorting out their remuneration issues with the approval of a five-person committee to look into elected official compensation at yesterday’s board meeting.

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen has still not resolved the issue of municipal politician’s remuneration following changes to the income tax act that eliminated the one-third tax-free portion of their pay in 2018.

Chief administrative officer Bill Newell said the change reduced the amount of compensation paid to elected officials.

“Under discussion, it was determined we should have a citizen’s committee look at elected officials’ compensation,” he said at the directors' regular board meeting yesterday, Sept. 5.

Board chair Karla Kozakevich noted the five members were the only names to come forward.

Council approved the five-member committee, which includes Lionel Trudel, Lanny O.C. Smith, Bill Ross, Timothy Hodgkinson and Frank Armitage.

Penticton city council recently acted on the advice given to them by a similar citizens committee, which recommended pay increases for the mayor and council.


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