Gympie councillors to vote on $1400 pay rise
GYMPIE’S councillors are being asked to refuse a pay increase as the organisation grapples with what is being called a “tight” budget.
Councillor Dan Stewart will call for councillors to turn down the automatic pay rise, set by the State’s Local Government Remuneration Commission, at this week’s meeting.
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The LGRC last year proposed a 2 per cent pay rise for all councillors.
Under this rise Mayor Glen Hartwig’s income would increase from $130,584 to $133,196.
Deputy Mayor Hilary Smerdon would be given a pay rise of more than $1500, increasing his annual salary from $81,615 to $83,247.
The other councillors’ pay packets would rise from $69,372 to $70,759.
Mr Stewart wants councillors to keep their pay packets at the same level they were last year.
“Council is currently in a very tight budgetary position,” Mr Stewart said.
“Staff are expected to find significant savings.
“It is likely a number of vacancies will not be filled.
“Councillors need to lead by example.”
He wants this freeze to last 12 months.