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Council raise offsets tax

The City of Kelowna could pay nearly $42,000 to offset what mayor and council will have to dole out under new tax measures introduced by the federal government.

In 2017, the federal budget included a provision that eliminated the "non-accountable expense allowance."

That allowance permitted municipal politicians to receive up to one-third of their remuneration tax-free to cover incidental expenses incurred as part of their official duties.

The change, which comes into effect Jan. 1, would result in a reduction in net pay and an increase in the city's employer-paid deductions.

To offset the changes, it is being recommended the mayor receive an increase in pay of $11,830, with each councillor getting a $3.050 bump. The city's increase in paid deductions would be about $5,430.

The proposed increases would also take effect Jan. 1, after the new council is elected and sworn in.

Council will debate the increases Monday.



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