Regina City council voted in favour of a motion that would see Councillors and the mayor`s wages increase in the new year that covers the removal of a tax exemption.
The federal government announced the move in 2017 that would see municipal members of council would lose their one third tax exemption.
While addressing a delegation that suggested Councillors become full-time employees, Mayor Michael Fougere said it was an interesting concept.
“But (the delegation) was also in favour of reducing the number of Councillors too, which is a novel concept as well,” Fougere said. “Council did not act upon that, and there was no discussion on a full-time council or referring to less members of council as well at the end of the review.”
Councillors becoming full-time employees was an idea discovered in a letter from former Councillor Louis Browne, who said it’s becoming more and more difficult for a wide variety of people to run for council.
Mayor Michael Fougere said becoming a city Councillor is a calling.
“People should understand that, yes you want to attract energetic, bright people that are really involved, and want to help our city grow, but it’s not about the revenue, it’s not about the money,” Fougere said. “It’s about the calling, and they should remember that; it’s not a career.”
The raise will cost the city about $108,000 in the 2019 budget.