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West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater. (File Photo: Wayne Moore - Castanet)
West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater. (File Photo: Wayne Moore - Castanet)

Findlater gives raise back to the people

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West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater is giving back his raise.

Findlater has written the municipality a cheque for $2,762.37, the amount of a yearly raise approved by council earlier this month.

The mayor excused himself from deliberations, saying he felt uncomfortable in taking part in the process.

"How would it have been viewed if I did take part," says Findlater.

Council approved the 4.75% mayor's salary increase along with a much smaller .75% increase for each of the six councillors.

He says he tried to turn down the increase, but found it was not that simple.

"I have to take the raise because it was a motion of council," added Findlater.

"The only thing I could do was give the money back. A 4.75% increase is not right in these times."

Findlater says he will be issued a charitable tax receipt and will take a small tax hit as a result of the payback, but believes the money should go back to the people.

The raise for both mayor and council was part of a yearly process in which salaries of elected officials in six predetermined communities are calculated.

The top two and bottom two are thrown out and the middle two added together and divided by two to determine the median salary.

This median salary is brought before council each year for discussion.

The mayor says he thinks something needs to be added to the policy, what that is, he is not sure.

Findlater says the Regional District and City of Kelowna strike a citizens' committee to look at political remuneration, however, they use a similar process in determining salaries.


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