Grant Ward has highest expense claims of Langley Township councillors

Council remuneration and expenses released as part of reporting under Financial Information Act.

Langley Township Councillor Grant Ward

The remuneration for mayor and council in 2012 was also released as part of the Langley Township expense report, relased under the Financial Information Act.

All councillors made between $43,024 and $45,220 in salary, not counting expense claims.

Councillor Grant Ward filed the most expense claims of any councillor during the last fiscal year — $13,097 in total.

Kim Richter was second at $9,417 and Steve Ferguson was third with $8,718.

Councillor David Davis made the smallest claim at $1,499.

Mayor Jack Froese filed $15,542 in expense claims during the same period.

His salary was $105,655.

Township council salaries took a substantial jump in the 2012 fiscal year when the mayor’s annual salary went up by 12.6 per cent and councillor pay rates rose by 19 percent after a independent remuneration task force called for a “catch-up” hike, following several years of no raises.

The hikes took effect when the new council took office in December of 2011.

A majority of council turned down a controversial travel allowance also proposed by the task force, including Mayor Froese and five councillors; Michelle Sparrow, Davis, Charlie Fox, Bob Long and Richter.

Three — Ferguson, Ward and Bev Dornan — accepted it.

Ferguson and Dornan said they would be making donations to charity.

The travel allowance would have added $850 a month to the mayor’s compensation, and did add $340 a month to the three councillors who accepted.

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