Township elected officials collect from Metro Vancouver

Elected officials are paid $322 for every Metro Vancouver meeting that lasts up to four hours. If they are longer than that, the payment is automatically doubled to $644.

Membership on several committees can quickly plump up an elected official’s bank balance, and for Rick Green, that meant that in 2010 he earned $14,669 for Metro Vancouver business, on top of the $93,724 he earned as mayor of Langley Township.

In 2009, Green earned $13,088 for sitting on Metro committees.

Last September, after Green admitted he misled council, a majority of councillors punished him by stripping him of his regional directorship.

He still remains the Township’s representative on six committees.

The current director is Councillor Charlie Fox, who earned $1,952 for attending Metro Van business on behalf of the Township.

Councillor Mel Kositsky was the busiest, earning $5,321 for Metro meetings.

Councillor Bob Long earned $3,914. Attending only one meeting in 2010, Councillors Kim Richter, Bev Dornan, Steve Ferguson and Grant Ward each made $322.

The eight councillors make between $36,130 and $38,275 a year, with the larger total earned when they take their turn as acting mayor. Although one-third of their salaries is regarded as a tax-free expense account, they also collect thousands of dollars each year for expenses.

They are due to receive raises in December,  a month after the election.

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