Friday, June 8, 2018

2017 SOFI Report shows Civic payroll edging over the 14 million dollar mark

June makes for the final bit of budget work for Prince Rupert City Council as the Finance Department provides the final Statements on the city's accounts from the year previous

The ebb and flow of hiring and retirement has provided for an increase in the salary distribution numbers from those found in last years documentation.

The report for Council provides for the latest roll call of city staff members that have jumped into the upper tiers of the salary schedules over the course of the last 365 days.

Those findings come from the annual release of civic employee remuneration and Expenses, a document which is included as part of this years Statement of Financial Information for 2017, with council set to review the report from the City's Finance Department at Monday's Council session.

The annual listings of those employees making more than $75,000 is required to be disclosed by the municipality as part of the Financial Information Regulations, the statement is usually released as part of the final stream of financial information in June.

This year finds an increase of 4 employees making their way to the disclosure list from this time last year, with 69 names listed in the 2017 SOFI disclosures, compared to the 65 names recorded the year before.

That continues a trend which has seen more names added to the upper tier of the list in recent years.

With 69 names now the benchmark for 2017, this years report highlights the significant jump from 2015, when the city listed 52 municipal employees as making 75,000 dollars or more.

The boost to the reporting lists comes  after a number of positions which were created by the current Council in their first few years begin to cross over that threshold of 75,000 dollars and are required to be reported.

Top end salaries for 2017 that were provided to those working in the upper level of Civic Administration included:

City Manager Robert Long
Remuneration and Taxable Benefits -- $242,239
Payment in lieu of Employer Pension contribution -- $18,414
Training and Related travel expenses -- $10,116
Business Travel and Other expenses -- $21,135 
(Expense amounts make for an increase from last years report)

City Financial Office Corinne Bomben
Remuneration and Taxable Benefits -- $149,010
Training and Travel expenses -- $7,806
Business Travel and Other Expenses -- $6,875
(Expense amounts make for much the same levels as from last years report)

Operations Director Richard Pucci
Remuneration and Taxable Benefits -- $136,985
Training and Travel Expenses $8,455
Business Travel and Other Expenses -- $15,276
(Salary and Expense amounts make for an increase from last years report)

City Planner Zeno Krekic
Remuneration and Taxable Benefits -- $132,373
Training and Travel Expenses $0
Business Travel $534
(Expense amounts less than the levels from last years report)

Corporate Administrator Rory Mandryk
Remuneration and Taxable Benefits -- $127,605
Training and Travel Expenses $0
Business Travel and Other Expenses -- $3,717
(Expense amounts less than the levels from last years report)

As with the expense review for the City Council members, the City does not provide for a larger breakdown of expenses that are claimed by civic employees.

Among the list of 69 names that make for this years list are  20 members of the Prince Rupert Fire/Rescue Department, along with three 911 Fire dispatchers who all are listed among the SOFI report for the past year.

The total salaries and expenses from those Fire/Rescue listings accounted for just over 2.5 million dollars for 2017.

The remainder of the positions that are listed from the SOFI report span a number of departments both civic administration and operations.

The total remuneration for employees making over 75,000 dollars came to $7,022,637 an increase of roughly $500,000 from the year before, while those civic employees making less that the $75,000 mark totalled $7,046,348 an increase of about $200,000.

Combined the totals for Remuneration and Expenses came to close to $14.2 million dollars for 2017 which makes for an increase of just under 700,000 dollars from the year before.

In total the City of Prince Rupert employs approximately 259 full and part time empoloyees and staff members.

The full documentation on Civic salaries can be found as part of the City Council agenda package for the June 11th Regular Council session the listings are published on pages 112 to 128.

Not listed as a department, but included as a payment to suppliers is payment of $3,465,469 to the Receiver General for Canada for RCMP E Division. That marks the amount that the City of Prince Rupert pays to the Federal Government for its contract policing agreement with the RCMP. This years review makes for a slight increase from the 2016 report.

Once the SOFI report is received by City Council this Monday, it will become part of the permanent record of Financial information that is archived on the City website, offering up an opportunity to make year to year comparisons when it comes to City payroll spending.

You can compare this years amounts with those of the past four years from our archive below:

2017 (report year 2016)
2016 (report year 2015)
2015 (report year 2014)
2014 (report year 2013)


The Review of civic compensation is one of a number of reports for Council, you can review the other notes on those below:

Partnerships and Solutions part of the focus for City of Prince Rupert's 2017 Annual Report
City of Prince Rupert's SOFI report provides details on Council salaries in 2017

For more items related to the City's Budget planning see our archive page here,  a wider review of City Discussion topics can be found on our Council Archive page here.




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