Lake Country councilor expenses unveiled

Top spenders and top earners at Lake Country municipal hall

A Lake Country politician is defending his use of taxpayers’ money.

The district’s 2013 financial information indicates that Coun. Owen Dickie had expenses of $7,327 — higher than any other council member.

“I attended three conferences,” said Dickie.

Among them was a Federation of Canadian Municipalities sustainability conference in Ontario.

“When we were spending a lot of money on a sustainability plan, it made sense to attend,” he said.

As a councillor, Dickie insists it’s important for him to become familiar with key issues and possible solutions.

“I hope to bring new ideas back (from conferences) and I believe I have done that. It’s an investment in good governance by councillors,” he said.

“Spending tax dollars doesn’t necessarily mean not spending money. The issue is one of getting value for money. The information I bring back helps guide the community.”

Mayor James Baker had expenses of $6,338 in 2013 while there was $4,669 for Coun. Lisa Cameron, $4,498 for Coun. Jamie McEwan, Coun.  Rob Geier, $1,068 for Coun. Barb Leamont and $55 for Coun. Penny Gambell.

Baker had taxable remuneration of $26,601 and a non-taxable allowance of $13,300, while each councillor had taxable remuneration of $10,426 and a non-taxable allowance of $5,231.

“We haven’t heard from councillors that they should get more,” said Baker.

“They are doing it for the community.”

There were 15 district employees who earned more than $75,000 in 2013.

Topping the list was chief administrative officer Alberto De Feo, with remuneration of $151,765 and expenses of $13,406. Stephen Banmen, chief financial officer, had a wage of $140,320 and expenses of $4,444.

“I don’t have a problem with a decent salary if people are doing the work. We get very good productivity and staff knows what they’re doing,” said Baker.

Just Posted

WATCH: Fire destroys Big White Ski Resort chalet

The building which lit up in flames around 2 a.m. was an infamous spot to Big White locals

Rockets drop second straight, conclude 6-game road trip Saturday in Moose Jaw

Kelowna fell short against the Regina Pats 4-3 Friday night

Warriors look to snap 4 game losing streak in Trail

West Kelowna takes on the Smoke Eaters Friday night

Central Okanagan Journey Home Society names new executive director

Stephanie Ball will head the Journey Home strategy

Kelowna International Airport to invest $67M to expand terminal

It’s the largest capital investment in the airport’s 72-year history

VIDEO: Success of wildlife corridors in Banff National Park has advocates wanting more

Demand for more highway protection escalated after seven elk were killed by a semi-trailer near Canmore

Frosty will have to pay rent to stay on Okanagan sidewalk next Christmas

Vernon Teach and Learn allowed to keep Frosty up, but will need a permit come January 1

Prince George RCMP use bait packages to catch porch pirates over the holidays

First-in-Canada program with Amazon looks to combat parcel theft

Conservation officers on the hunt for North Okanagan moose poachers

Officers execute search warrant Friday morning, investigation continues

UPDATE: Highway 1 reopens after vehicle incident near Boston Bar

Initial reports of a jack-knifed semi truck had closed both directions of the highway

Kootnekoff: Accommodating religious celebrations

Employers must be mindful that not everyone celebrates holidays which are days off

Nanaimo mechanical engineer creates thief tracking program

Nanaimo Thief Tracking lets users plot and share information about thefts online

Mayor wants B.C. to institutionalize severely mental ill people who are homeless

Those suffering from mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, need specialized care, mayor says

Most Read