Perth Council discusses Remuneration for councillors
As the current council enters its lame duck phase ahead of the October election, there are still a few important decisions this council can make.
One such is the question of council remunerations in the town of Perth.
Not everyone was keen to tackle the thorny issue, however Councillor Riq Turner, who is not seeking re-election believes it this council’s responsibility to settle the issue.
Turner told Lake 88 News, “I think it’s unfair to put that question to a new council. I think some people might be afraid… ….the optics are we’re voting ourselves a raise, but we’re actually voting the position a raise, and there is no guarantee that any of the people running will be in those positions.”
He added, “I think we need to take the personal out of it and look at the position. Is the position paid appropriately compared to other councils. I know Perth historically has been lower.”
Turner points to a situation that almost occurred – Perth Council was almost acclaimed this year. “There are a lot of people that would consider running for council, but the pay is too low to give up that much time from their actual positions where they make the money to feed their family. So if the pay was a little better, we might have more candidates coming out and have a more diverse council, which is good for everybody.”
Six candidates are officially running for council after the final candidate declared his intentions just the day before the July 27th deadline to do so.
Currently Perth council members receive approximately $13,906 per year compared to the local region’s average of $15,000.
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