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Report on salaries released for Parksville Qualicum Beach municipalities

Regional District of Nanaimo CAO Paul Thorkelsson is the highest paid employee of the three local governments that work for the people of Parksville Qualicum Beach.

Thorkelsson earned $208,388.13 in 2013 and was also paid $9,931.45 in expenses, according to financial statements local governments are mandated to release to the public.

The regional district had 32 (exempt, ie. non-union) employees make more than $75,000 last year. Twenty of those made more than $100,000.  Twenty-five regional district employees who are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) also made more than $75,000 in 2013.

The regional district paid $22.3 million in earning to its employees last year.

On the politicians' side of the ledger, board chair Joe Stanhope was paid $41,127.86 in 2013, which includes the exempt allowance of $13,709.29. Stanhope was also paid for $12,842.43 in expenses. The regional district spent a total of $300,000 on remuneration for its 17 directors, plus $64,000 in expenses.

The City of Parksville spent just over $5 million paying its employees in 2013. Topping that list was CAO Fred Manson, who's remuneration (including taxable benefits) was $164,746.50. Manson also had $9,153.71 in expenses.

The City of Parksville had 17 employees make more than $75,000 in 2013, including eight who made more than $100,000.

Mayor Chris Burger received $33,573.73 in remuneration last year, plus $4,902 in expenses. The city spent $118,641.61 on remuneration for its six councillors and mayor, plus a total of $34,117.90 in expenses, for a grand total of $152,759.51.

Mark Brown, the Town of Qualicum Beach's CAO until his retirement in October, topped the list in that town with remuneration of $161,329 and expenses of $6,624 in 2013. John Marsh, the town's CFO before Brown retired and currently the acting CAO, had $132,390 in remuneration and $5,273 in expenses.

The Town of Qualicum Beach paid employees a total of $4.2 million on remuneration in 2013. The town had a total of 14 employees who made more than $75,000 last year, six of which who made more than $100,000.

Mayor Teunis Westbroek's remuneration was $22,983, plus $11,491 in expenses for a total of $34,474. He was also reimbursed for $11,797 in additional expenses, bringing his total to $46,271. The town spent a total (payroll, expenses and reimbursed expenses) of $162,616 on its four councillors and mayor.

Westbroek was asked to comment on the fact Qualicum Beach council, with five total members, cost Qualicum Beach taxpayers $10,000 more than Parksville taxpayers spent on its seven-member council.

"Whether it's a smaller or bigger community, the issues are the same," said Westbroek. "It's not just what it costs — it's what you get for it."

Statements of Financial Information from all three municipalities are available at their offices and on their websites.

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