City Waiting for RCMP Pay Details
Prince George, B.C. – The Treasury Board has approved pay increases for regular members of the RCMP, but the City of Prince George has yet to see how, or if, the increase will impact its budget.
The increases approved are for 2015 and 2016 and will see regular members salaries boosted by 1.25% retroactive to January 1st, 2015, another 1.25% effective January 1, 2016, plus a “market adjustment” of 2.3% retroactive to April 1st of last year.
The City of Prince George had been preparing for the boost says Chris Dalio, Director of Finance ” The RCMP made us aware of this potential contingency early on, and it was in the neighbourhood of $1.3 million dollars. We’ve gone about setting aside that money in contingency, also with the surplus from last year’s savings in the police budget.”
Dalio says what is not known at this point is how those percentage increases translate into dollars ” I was given a dollar figure of $1.3 million, but not the percentage that made that up, so now that they’ve sent us information about a percentage, I don’t yet know what dollar figure that equates to.”
He says based on the messages the City has received so far, it sounds like the settlement is actually less than what has been set aside ” I think it’s probably gong to come in at $1.3 or under that.” He says the actual dollar figures won’t be known until the RCMP calculates what the increases mean per municipality the force serves.
Protective services are the single highest budget expenditure in Prince George, with the police contract budgeted for just over $21 million dollars. That amount does not include operations, community policing or victim services.