Salaries reach new heights at city hall

Richmond City Hall's payroll has grown by $15 million in five years, while expenses continue to fall from Olympic heights, according to financial statements released this week.

Salaries for 1,980 city employees totalled $108.2 million last year, and expenses rang in at $516,823.

In five years, 134 more workers have been added to the payroll, which has grown 16.25 per cent. Annual expenses, however, have dropped by more than half.

The city's top earner is chief administrative officer George Duncan, who made $291,250 last year. Department heads also scored high on the pay scale, as five of six general managers topped the $200,000 mark.

Richmond’s annual statement of financial information—required under B.C. law—details all wage earners over $75,000. In 2013, 593 employees reached that salary mark, up from 478 the year before.

On city council, wages and expenses showed little change—a year after mayor and council awarded themselves with salary hikes of 7.8 per cent and 5.2 per cent respectively.

The top spender on council was Coun. Bill McNulty, who charged taxpayers $9,094 for expenses last year. Close behind were Couns. Linda Barnes, Harold Steves and Linda McPhail. Coun. Derek Dang spent the least, claiming just $50 in expenses.

Overall, council's 2013 expenses of $43,868 were lower than the previous year's $50,576.

City council expenses (2013)

•Mayor Malcolm Brodie: $2,852 ($128,311 total remuneration, benefits and expenses)

•Coun. Bill McNulty: $9,094 ($68,581)

•Coun. Linda Barnes: $9,033 ($67,074)

•Coun. Harold Steves: $8,532 ($66,298)

•Coun. Linda McPhail: $8,319 ($66,360)

•Coun. Chak Au: $5,629 ($63,670)

•Coun. Ken Johnston: $192 ($59,679)

•Coun. Evelina Halsey-Brandt: $168 ($58,209)

•Coun. Derek Dang: $50 ($59,687)

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