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Taxpayers shell out more than $1 million to pay for city council salaries

That total is according to the city’s latest breakdown of your elected officials’ earnings for 2017.

Mayor Gregor Robertson, as you would expect, pulled in the most dough at $168,065. Second to him was Vision Vancouver Coun. Tim Stevenson, who collected $102,926.

What makes Stevenson so special?

The communications department at city hall told me Stevenson earned more than his council mates largely because of his responsibilities as deputy mayor in 2017.

He was deputy mayor long enough to earn an extra $15,142. Then he received $3,038 to cover fees as a duty councillor and another $3,038 to be used to buy health and medical insurance.

Add his “basic remuneration” of $81,708 as a councillor to those numbers and that brings Stevenson’s total to $102,926.

Vision Coun. Raymond Louie was the third highest paid member of council, topping out at $98,002. The additional pay was largely because of Louie’s duties as acting mayor.

His Vision mate, Andrea Reimer, collected $90,959 while colleagues Kerry Jang, Heather Deal and NPA Coun. Elizabeth Ball earned $90,821. Green Party Coun. Adriane Carr received $87,784, the same amount as NPA councillors Melissa De Genova and George Affleck.

Full story here: http://www.vancourier.com/opinion/taxpayers-shell-out-more-than-1-million-to-pay-for-city-council-salaries-1.23269521

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