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City's slight payroll uptick

The City of West Kelowna paid about 3% more in wages in 2018 compared to figures for the previous year.

The city released its financial details this week, as required by the province.

They show the city paid out $16.679 million in wages in 2018. That compares to $16.1 million in 2017.

It also shows 86 city employees earned in excess of $75,000. That number includes 38 firefighters, many of whom accrued a lot of overtime.

Earlier this year, the city approved the hiring of eight new firefighters.

Staff say overtime was building up, and the new additions should help alleviate that.

Chief administrative officer Jim Zaffino, who is leaving his post shortly, had the highest wage, $217,676, a slight bump over 2017.

Deputy CAO Tracey Batten brought in $170,787, while Fire Chief Jason Brolund had a salary of $168,982, just a few hundred more than assistant chief Brent Watson.

The city also reported goods and supplies purchases on a little more than $74 million. That includes more than $20 million in payments to the regional district, Receiver General and minister of finance.

The largest single non-government supplier was Copcan Civil, a construction company, who billed the city for $6.4 million.

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