Councillors to vote on own pay rise
Central Coast Councillors will vote tonight (Monday, July 13) on whether to give themselves a pay rise.
Council has been re-categorised as a Major Strategic Area and with that comes an increase in the minimum and maximum pay rates Council can adopt as set by the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal.
The Tribunal ruled no pay increases this year but the re-categorisation has put Council on par with Newcastle for remuneration, rather than with Lake Macquarie.
Previously, the maximum remuneration to a Central Coast councillor was $30,410 per year.
That has now risen to $32,040.
The Mayoral maximum fee moves from $88,600 to $99,800.
The full increase would mean an adjustment to the budget of an additional $35,650.
Council staff have recommended councillors accept the maximum increase, arguing that it was considered appropriate for a Council the size of the Central Coast to remunerate councillors at the higher level.
Central Coast Council agenda 3.4, 13 Jul 2020