CORNWALL, Ontario – City council will hire a consultant, potentially saddling taxpayers with a $10,000 bill, to determine if its members deserve a raise.
Despite critics around the table suggesting the work of the consultant could be done by a committee consisting of three councillors and members of the community at-large, council voted to hire a firm that could conduct a review with a poll sent out to various cities, and report to city hall at a public meeting.
Coun. Bernadette Clement said a committee consisting of councillors and members of the public created a few years ago came back with a recommendation that councillors are not paid enough – but those around the table voted to ignore that suggestion.
“My feeling is we’re going to spend $10,000 this year to be told the same thing by a consultant,” she said, adding it’s also unlikely council will vote to give itself a raise during an election year. “I would think we shouldn’t spend this money at this time to get a consultant.
“My fear is we’ll spend the money and ignore the recommendations again.”
The city has a legal obligation to conduct a review of council compensation at least once every four years.