Sunday, June 13, 2021

37 civic employees make the 100K cut in City Council Municipal Salaries SOFI presentation

The city's report on employee remuneration will be reviewed at Monday's Prince Rupert City Council session and as the Council members work their way through range of material to be made available, they may take note of a new benchmark that has been reached with this years annual account for the taxpayers of the city.

That of the city once again surpassing the fifteen million dollar mark when it comes to compensation and taxable benefits for the city's work force, that for both city hall staff and unionized workers outside of the Third Avenue West facility.

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, with some new names and increasing numbers making their way onto the listings for this year.

Those findings come from the annual release of the report on Civic Employee Remuneration and Expenses, a document which is included as part of this years Statement of Financial Information for 2020.

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 large final stream of financial information that is delivered each June.

The growing umber of those crossing over the reporting threshold of 75,000 dollar continues a trend which has seen more names added to the upper tier of the list in recent years.

This year finds 88 names listed in the 2020 SOFI disclosures as part of the latest report,.

That compares to the 77 names recorded in 2019 and the 74 that were accounted for in 2018.

With 88 names now the new benchmark for 2020, this years report highlights an increasing level for civic employment in the city over the course of half a decade.

In 2015 the SOFI report listed 52 municipal employees as making 75,000 dollars or more, 37 of them accounted for in the 100,000 plus listings.

The boost to the reporting lists comes as the city increases staffing or fills in positions suspended in the past by the current Council, with many of the recent hires now crossing over that threshold of 75,000 dollars required for the more in depth accounting.

As it was for the City Council compensation, the travel restrictions of 2020, had a significant impact on the value of travel expenses, which were down significantly from 2019. 

Salaries for 2020 that were provided to those working in the upper level of Civic Administration included:

City Manager Robert Long
Remuneration and Taxable Benefits -- $256,165 
Other remuneration -- $18,414
Training and Related travel expenses -- $0
Business Travel and Other expenses -- $7,260
(Expense amounts make for decrease from last years report)

City Financial Office Corinne Bomben
Remuneration and Taxable Benefits -- $164,526
Training and Travel expenses -- $2,081
Business Travel and Other Expenses -- $1,521
( Expenses amount makes a decrease from last years report)

Director of Operations Richard Pucci
Remuneration and Taxable Benefits -- $153,712
Training and Travel Expenses $0
Business Travel and Other Expenses -- $22,312
(Expense amounts make for a decrease  from last years report)

Manager of Economic Development and Transportation Paul Venditelli
Remuneration and Taxable Benefits -- $106,444
Training and Travel Expenses $0
Business Travel and Other Expenses -- $32,509
(Salary and Expense amounts make for an increase  from last years report)

Corporate Administrator Rosa Maria Miller
Remuneration and Taxable Benefits -- $102,740
Training and Travel Expenses $2,630
Business Travel and Other Expenses -- $158
(Ms. Miller joined the city's staff in 2019, the 2020 salary is a significant increase from her starting salary level of 2019)

Recreation Director David Geronazzo and Civic Planner Zeno Krekic are both listed in the 2020 SOFI report at levels below 100 thousand dollars, both left the employ of the city in 2020.

Many of those planning duties for the city have recently been taken on through the city's contract planners iPlan, the expenses listings from the city note that the company was paid $164,603, with much of their work focused the City's Official Community Plan development in 2020.

You can compare this years results with those of last year here. 

As it is with the expenses review for the elected City Council members; the City does not provide for a larger breakdown of expenses that are claimed by civic employees.

Among the list of  88 names that make for this years list are one of the largest blocks comes from the membership of the Prince Rupert Fire/Rescue Department, along with members of the roster of  911 Fire dispatchers who all are listed as part of the SOFI report for the past year.

The total salaries and expenses from those Fire/Rescue listings accounted for just over 2.2 million dollars for 2020.

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

The total remuneration for employees making over 75,000 dollars in the last year came to $9,059,185 an increase of roughly $740,000 from the year before. 

Those civic employees making less that the $75,000 mark  in 2020 totalled $5,891,392 a decrease of about $1.2 million dollars  from last year

The list below provides a better understanding of the remuneration pattern over the last decade, with the Total Employee Remuneration and Taxable Benefits noted as follows:

2020 -- $15,138,518
2019 -- $15,615,159
2018 -- $15,076,582
2017 -- $14,210,870
2016 -- $13,563,909
2015 -- $13,575,579
2014 -- $12,708,559
2013 -- $12,305,600
2012 -- $12,884,077
2011 -- $12,409,305
2010 -- $12,099,475

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

The full documentation on Civic salaries can be found as part of the City Council Agenda package for Monday's session, the listings are published from pages 12 to 17 

Not listed as a department, but included as a payment to suppliers is payment of $3,795,893 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 towards policing from last years report.

Once the Statement of Financial Information 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 notes and amounts above, with those of the past seven years from our archive pages below:

2020 (report year 2019)
2019 (report year 2018)
2018 (report year 2017)
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,  as we review the data from each, you can review the other notes on those below:

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