Norfolk Mayor Kristal Chopp was almost a candidate for the Ontario government’s 2019 Sunshine List according to the county’s most recent statement of council remuneration and expenses.
Chopp earned $99,686 last year as mayor. Coupled with $1,361 in mileage and $3,831 in conference expenses, the mayor’s gross take home last year was $104,880.
Next in council pay was Port Dover Coun. Amy Martin, Norfolk’s deputy mayor. Martin drew total pay of $44,940. Coupled with $698 in mileage and $3,395 in conference expenses Martin’s total take for the year was $49,033.
Langton Coun. Roger Geysens drew the least pay among Norfolk council members. Geysens earned $37,600 and claimed no expenses last year.
Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman was also at the low end of the pay scale due, in part, to the break she took from municipal duties as the Liberal Party of Canada’s candidate in Haldimand-Norfolk in the 2019 federal election. Huffman drew pay of $38,700 and claimed $1,033 in expenses, according to the report.
Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus, Port Rowan Coun. Tom Masschaele, Simcoe Coun. Ian Rabbitts, Simcoe Coun. Ryan Taylor and Turkey Point Coun. Chris Van Paassen were clustered in the mid-range with wages of $42,619 apiece.
Van Paassen claimed expenses of $1,630 last year and mileage totalling $1,714. Masschaele claimed mileage totalling $2,128 while Columbus claimed mileage of $1,683.
Taylor claimed no mileage and no expenses while Rabbitts claimed $78 in mileage and $80 in expenses.
“Remuneration costs include wages as well as employer contributions for statutory benefits, life insurance, and registered retirement savings plans,” Tammy Murphy, a reconciliation accounting analyst with the treasury department, says in a report that will be tabled at Tuesday’s meeting of Norfolk council.
“Effective Jan. 1, the federal government eliminated the one-third tax exemption for mayor and councillor remuneration.”
The previous Norfolk council reacted to Ottawa’s move on July 3, 2018, when it agreed to “gross up the salaries of elected officials in order to achieve the same level of net or ‘take home’ pay as before the federal change.”
Norfolk council’s four-person delegation to the Long Point Region Conservation Authority cost Norfolk $12,327 last year in mileage and per diems. LPRCA chair Mike Columbus accounted for $7,146 of this.
The four county members of the Norfolk Police Services Board – Carol Greentree, David Murphy, George Santos, and Dennis Travale — drew mileage and per diems in 2019 in the amount of $12,277.
As chair of the police services board, Travale also claimed conference and other expenses in the amount of $1,243, bringing his earnings for the year on the police board to $5,236.
All told, Travale – a past mayor of Norfolk County – earned $7,850 as a member of the PSB, the committee of adjustment, and Norfolk’s court of revision.
Norfolk’s 12-member committee of adjustment claimed mileage and per diems in 2019 in the amount of $18,301. The big earner here was Marcel Van Hooren with $2,960.
Norfolk’s six-member court of revision cost the county last year $1,661.
Norfolk’s three members on the Haldimand-Norfolk Housing Corporation cost the county, according to the report, $2,039.
Susie Huyge of Delhi BIA board of management collected per diems last year in the amount of $1,000.