At last night’s CHCC meeting Councillors voted unanimously to take a pay rise for that resulted as a possibility because Council had been redesignated by the State Government from being a Regional Rural Council to the new Regional Centre Council category.
Essentially Councillors voted to give themselves approximately a 20% increase on their current rate and the Mayors new overall salary of $60,000 represents a 36% increase on the former rate.
The increases represnet an increase overall of approximately $48,000 above what was apid to the Mayor and all Councillors on the old rate.
The following options were available to Councillors to consider lasst night:
1. Resolve to maintain the 2019/20 fees for the 2020/21 financial year which represents 83% and 76% of the maximum fees for the Councillors and the Mayor (respectively) under the Regional Centre category.
2. Resolve to fix the annual fees for Councillors and the Mayor at the maximum for the Regional Centre category.
3. Resolve to fix the annual fees for Councillors and the Mayor at another amount between the minimum and maximum allowable annual fees for the Regional Centre category.
Coffs Coast Outlook published a story on this earier in the week which can be found here; https://coffscoastoutlook.com.au/?p=35457