Air traffic control reports that some management pay raises are delayed due to turbulent budgets
While all the unionized employees represented by CUPE are scheduled to get a 4% pay increase on January 1st, Vancouver's city managers are apparently ready to help do their part to balance the budget. In a report posted on the City's website, staff indicate that managers will forgo a portion of their pay increase:
THAT Council approve the recommendation of the Corporate Management Team to change the planned January 1, 2010 salary increase of 4% for exempt staff to a 2% increase commencing January 1, 2010 followed by the remaining 2% increase on July 1, 2010. Council will request that the Library and Police Boards consider this same recommendation for their exempt staff, and that their budgets, the Park Board budget and the City departmental budgets be adjusted accordingly with the savings allocated to Contingency Reserve.
According to City staff, this move will help save a few bucks which will be put into the contingency (aka slush fund) reserve for possible use at a later date:
CMT has recommended that the estimated savings of $650,000 from this
adjusted increase be removed from Boards and departmental budgets and added to the Contingency Reserve, increasing it from $5.3 million to $5.95 million.
There will be cynics who will criticize management's decision not to forgo the increase altogether, however, you have to give them credit nonetheless as this is money out of their pocket. When you consider that the labour unions weren't prepared to put anything on the table, their offer looks downright generous.
CityCaucus.com was the first to confirm that City Manager Penny Ballem is the only member of her team who will forgo the 2010 pay increase of 4%. Her decision set the bar for what was likely a difficult choice for her management team to delay their full pay increase until July 2010.
After indicating their target was a 0% increase, Vancouver council will likely tack on 4-5% more on to residential property bills next year. Last year Vision Vancouver increased taxes by 8% for the average homeowner. We'll try to keep you posted throughout the day on any interesting motions or events that transpire throughout the day as Vision Vancouver passes their second budget since taking office.
- Posted by Daniel