March 29, 2018

Erin council remuneration totals $120,062

Remuneration for Erin town council members totaled $120,062 in 2017, according to an annual report by Director of Finance Ursula D’Angelo.
Mayor Allan Alls received a salary of $27,000, while each of the other members received $16,200. Other benefits including employer contributions for pension and insurance premiums are valued at up to $7,018.
The Municipal Act requires the treasurer to provide an itemized statement of amounts paid to members of council and other boards.
Councillors are allowed to claim the cost of attending conferences and other expenses. The town paid expenses of totalling $1,173 for the mayor, $2,706 for John Brennan and $1,725 for Jeff Duncan. Councillors Matt Sammut and Rob Smith claimed no expenses.
Anyone considering running for council in the October 22 election should be aware of a Candidate Information Session to be held Thursday, April 12, 6:30 p.m., in Aboyne Hall at the Wellington County Museum and Archives near Fergus.
It is a free education session conducted by the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs. It covers qualifications, financial obligations, candidate responsibilities and the roles of council and municipal staff.
Nominations can be filed as of May 1 and the deadline is July 27.