April 23, 2014 7:05 pm

Executive Committee rejects 13 per cent pay hike in favour of small raise

Watch video above: Council rejects pay hike as Rob Ford rails against councillor expenses. Jackson Proskow reports. 

TORONTO – The city’s executive committee has rejected a 13 per cent pay raise for councillors and the mayor, choosing instead to dole out an inflationary two per cent increase.

city report recommended two options which would hike the salaries of city councillors and the mayor effective Jan. 1, 2015.

The first would be to allow a 12.9 per cent pay increase to councillors from the current $105,397 to $119,025. The mayor’s salary would also have jumped 12.7 per cent from $177,499 to $200,013. The second option was for a cost of living adjustment.

The mayor seemed bewildered by the recommended raise prior to the meeting asking reporters if they “get a 13 per cent raise.”

WATCH: Rob Ford gives flippant response to councillor pay hike.

The committee rejected this recommendation. Instead, councillors will receive a two per cent increase.

consulting study completed in March compared Toronto’s city councillors’ pay to those in other regions.

Peel Region councillors can earn up to $133,078 while those in Markham get $122,908.

Council is required to establish the new rate following the end of each four year term. In past years, councillors have voted against a pay increase.

Full city council will vote to reject or accept the two per cent raise on May 6.

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