Labour and Expense Costs Climb at City
Prince George, B.C. – The annual report on remuneration and expenses for employees and Council for the City of Prince George will be presented to Council on Monday and the numbers are up.
The total number of employees in 2015 was 921, up from 916 reported in 2014.
The report for last year also shows that of the 921 employees, 272 were making more than $75 thousand dollars a year. That’s up from the 244 who were reported above that salary range in the previous year.
The impact of the retroactive pay to members of Prince George Fire Rescue may be part of the reason behind the increase in numbers of employees making above the $75 thousand dollar mark as well as the overall costs for employees year over year.
In 2015, the overall remuneration to all employees was just over $56.2 million, up from the $48.3 million paid in 2014. Expenses are also up on a year to year comparison. In 2014, the total amount of expenses paid for all employees was $819,687.34. In 2015 the expenses climbed to $944,130.75
When it comes to Mayor and Council, it is difficult to offer comparisons as 2015 was the first full year of office for some.
Councillor Garth Frizzell, who topped the expenses list in 2014 with just over $14,800 in expenses, is noted as having an expense ‘deficit’ in 2015 of just over $3,700 . In Councillor Frizzell’s case, many of his expenses are covered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Some of the FCM’s reimbursements for 2014 had not been received by the end of that year, so they would have been applied to 2015 resulting in the recorded deficit.
Here are the numbers for Mayor and Council:
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Once again, it is the City Manager’s position which had the highest salary among all City employees. Kathleen Soltis is listed as having been paid $223,415.51 for 2015, and had expenses of $17,465.35