Revelstoke councillor quits in protest of council's massive pay hike

The mayor's annual salary will rise by 134 per cent (to $70,000 from $30,600), while a councillor's annual remuneration will be increased by 67 per cent (to $25,000 from $15,300)

Revelstoke Coun. Steven Cross has resigned from the city’s council, citing as the reason the decision by his fellow councillors agreed to give themselves substantial pay raises.

Cross read his resignation statement on Tuesday night (Jan. 21) after his motion to remove the proposed mayor and councillor raises from the budget and direct the money instead to infrastructure or road projects was defeated.

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“Mayor and fellow councillors I am resigning from this council… for the following reasons: approving pay raises of 134 per cent for mayor and 67 per cent for councillors in a budget year where the town has a $500,000 revenue hole to deal with and our roads are a mess is a choice of self-interest over mission of service to our community,” Cross said. “I can’t support that.”

The pay increase will see the mayor’s annual salary rise from $30,600 to $70,000 and have annual council remuneration move from $15,300 to $25,000, implemented over three years.

Cross said council’s decision to give mayor and councillors a raise “is a choice to forgo transparency and to erode public trust in how we work and make decisions.”

Cross also touched on the pay gap between the salary of the mayor and councillors.

“Such a large pay gap does not foster a positive sense of team and I don’t believe it is the leadership model that is right for our community,” he said.

Cross expressed his disappointment with the intention to phase in the raises during this term, rather than when the next council is elected.

“This is not the act of making stewardship a priority, but rather the act of personal benefit first,” he said. “The choices made on these matters erodes the public’s faith and trust and I will not be a party to that practice. Nor can I continue to work with this group when self-interest is so clearly being chosen over the mission of service we were elected for.”

Revelstoke Coun. Steven Cross’s letter of resignation from council:

Mayor and fellow Councillors, I am resigning from this Council effective February 7th, 2020.

I am making this choice for the following reasons:

1. Approving pay raises of 134% for Mayor and 67% for Councillors in a budget year where our town has a $500K revenue hole to deal with and our roads are a mess is a choice of self-interest over mission of service to our community.

2. Approving these large raises without any third-party research, vetting, or reporting as to need, norms, and recommendations is a choice to forgo transparency and to erode public trust in how we work and make decisions.

3. Approving these raises with a ratio of close to 3:1 in favor of the Mayor. Such a large pay gap is does not foster a positive sense of team and it is not the leadership model that is right for our community.

4. Approving these raises to phase in right away rather than making them effective only for the next elected Council. This is not the act of making stewardship a priority but rather the act of putting personal benefit first.

The choices made on these matters erodes the public’s faith and trust and I will not be a party to that practice. Nor can I continue to work with this group when self-interest is so clearly being chosen over the mission of service we were elected for.

Steven Cross

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