The City of Kamloops payroll increased by $1.7 million in 2018, as compared to 2017, equal to a 3.4 per cent increase. The city paid out $63.3 million in salaries last year, of which $32.8 million went to employees earning more than $75,000, $30 million went to employees making $75,000 or less and $412,000 went to council members.
According to a report going to council this Tuesday, most of the increases are a result of one-time payouts relating to retirements and retroactive contract payments. The report notes that, as the city’s workforce ages the number of unionized members retiring increases. Those employees can receive one-time payouts in the form of such items as sick banks and remaining vacation days.
The number of city staff members earning more than $75,000 a year increased by 26 — 327 employees in 2018 compared to 301 employees in 2017.
Of the 327 city employees making more than $75,000 per year in 2018, 125 were unionized firefighters and Kamloops Fire Rescue management, 111 were city union (Canadian Union of Public Employees) employees and program instructors and 91 were city managers.
The number of city staff members earning more than $100,000 a year increased by three — 168 employees in 2018 compared to 165 employees in 2017.
Of the 168 city employees making more than $100,000 per year in 2018, 100 were unionized firefighters and Kamloops Fire Rescue management, 65 were city managers and three were city union employees and program instructors.
The city’s highest-paid employee was CAO David Trawin, whose total income was $279,109. He was followed by Byron McCorkell, director of community and protective services, whose total income was $217,397. Director of development Marvin Kwiatkowski was next at $205,312, followed by director of civic operations Jen Fretz at $202,115 and director of corporate services Katherine Humphrey at $197,726.
On council in 2018, Mayor Ken Christian earned $107, 200 ($94,900 in salary and $12,300 in taxable benefits and payouts), while councillors Denis Walsh, Arjun Singh, Kathy Sinclair and Dieter Dudy were each paid $37,960. Councillors Pat Wallace, Tina Lange, Ray Dhaliwal and Donovan Cavers (all of whom served from January through October and either failed to get re-elected in the October civic election or decided not to seek re-election) each earned $32,984. Councillors Bill Sarai, Mike O’Reilly, Sadie Hunter and Dale Bass (all of whom were elected for the first time in the October civic election) were each paid $5,122.
In grants and contributions in 2018, the city allotted $620,979 to Venture Kamloops, $477,302 to the Kamloops Art Gallery, $469,240 to the BC Wildlife Park, $250,500 to Tourism Kamloops, $215,392 to the Kamloops YMCA-YWCA, $202,000 to the Kamloops Heritage Railway Society, $182,889 to Western Canada Theatre and $158,640 to Sagebrush Theatre.
In 2018, the city paid $120 million to various suppliers, including $21.4 million to the Receiver General of Canada, $8.9 million to BC Transit, $7 million to BC Hydro, $6.5 million to the Pension Corporation, $5.1 million to Acres Enterprises, $3.9 million to Extreme Excavating, $2.5 million to BA Dawson Blacktop and $1.9 million to Dawson Construction.
Other expenditures to suppliers included $121,871 to Hockey Canada, $47,261 to the B.C. Lions to have the club host training camp in the city, $134,726 to Kamloops This Week, $50,536 to Newcap Radio and $34,533 to Glacier Media.