Essex County releases 2016 remuneration report for county council members

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The County of Essex has released its 2016 remuneration report with one Amherstburg representative being near the middle of the pack while the other had the lowest remuneration total.

With the exception of the warden and deputy warden, who earn salaries of $64,958.16 and $10,919.88 respectively, each county council member earns a salary of $8,981.40. The difference in remuneration totals stem from what compensation is gained or repaid through indemnities, mileage, conference expenses or out-of-town meetings.

Deputy Mayor Bart DiPasquale ranked eighth out of the 14 county council members with a total remuneration of $13,286.66. In addition to his salary, DiPasquale’s indemnities and mileage amounted to $1,387.06 and $1,087.78 respectively with the remainder being a conference per diem of $640 and conference expense of $1,190.42.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo’s remuneration total was actually the least of the 14 members of Essex County council, totaling $11,640.64. DiCarlo’s indemnities totaled $213.44 and his mileage amounted to $573.46. His conference per diem was $640 and his conference expenses were $1,232.34.

Warden Tom Bain had a total remuneration of $81,923.51 with indemnities totaling $747.04 and mileage of $5,515.52. Bain’s conference per diem was $2,240 while his conference expenses were $6,925.83. Bain, also the mayor of Lakeshore, had expenses for out-of-town meetings amount to $576.96 and his per diem for those out-of-town meetings total $960.

Essex Deputy Mayor Richard Meloche’s remuneration was second highest, totaling $17,365. In addition to his salary as a county councillor, Meloche’s indemnities totaled $5,516 and his mileage total was $467.56. His conference per diem was $640 while his conference expenses totaled $1,760.50.

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Kingsville Mayor Nelson Santos had a total of $15,228.33 paid out in remuneration in 2016. In addition to his salary, Santos’ indemnities totaled $2,294.48 and his mileage was $1,422.44. His conference per diem was $640 and his conference expenses were $1,890.01.

Essex Mayor Ron McDermott ranked fourth out of the 14 county council members with a remuneration total of $14,700.84. His indemnities were $2,025.48 and his mileage totaled $41.12. McDermott’s conference per diem was $800 and his conference expenses were $2,852.84.

Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara’s 2016 remuneration was $14,157.20 with indemnities of $4,802.40 and mileage of $373.40 being added to his salary. McNamara had no conference expenses listed.

Kingsville Deputy Mayor Gord Queen’s 2016 remuneration totaled $13,622.75. In addition to Queen’s salary, he had $2,347.84 listed as his indemnities and $589.56 in mileage. His conference per diem was $80 and his conference expenses were $1,223.95.

Lakeshore Deputy Mayor Al Fazio had a remuneration of $13,461.88. His indemnities totaled $320.16 in 2016 while his mileage was listed at $564.92. Fazio’s per diem for conferences was $800 while his conference expenses totaled $2,795.40.

While Fazio’s total ranked seventh, Leamington Deputy Mayor Hilda MacDonald’s 2016 remuneration total ranked ninth. In addition to MacDonald’s salary, her indemnities were $1,280.64 while her mileage totaled $534.28. MacDonald’s per diem for conferences were $640 and her conference expenses were $1,816.27.

LaSalle Mayor Ken Antaya ranked tenth with a total remuneration of $12,838.90. Antaya, also the deputy warden, had indemnities of $1,387.36 and mileage of $531.66 in addition to his deputy warden’s salary. He had no conference per diem or expenses listed for 2016.

LaSalle Deputy Mayor Marc Bondy had his 2016 remuneration listed as $12,659.40. In addition to his salary as a county councillor, he had $1,387.36 in indemnities and $487.86 in mileage. Bondy’s per diem for conferences was $640 while his conference expenses totaled $1,162.78.

Tecumseh Deputy Mayor Joe Bachetti saw his 2016 remuneration listed at $12,643.95. Bachetti’s indemnities totaled $1,494.08 and his mileage was totaled at $441.92. Conference per diems was listed at $480 while Bachetti’s conference expenses were listed at $1,246.55.

The county council member with the second lowest remuneration total was Leamington Mayor John Paterson, whose 2016 total was reported as $11,904.49. In addition to his salary, Paterson did not have any indemnities listed and $507.19 in mileage claimed. Paterson’s per diem for conferences totaled $640 while his conference expenses were $1,775.90.

In all, the remuneration for all members of Essex County council totaled $258,686.60. Total remuneration for committee members and others totaled $17,913.19.

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