Avis tops council for expenses

Summary of Qualicum Beach council and staff expenses released

Barry Avis is the most expensive councillor in Qualicum Beach, according to a report by financial administrator John Marsh.

On top of his $13,303 stipend, Avis billed $6,651 in expenses in 2010 and $5,672 in reimbursed expenses, for a total of $25,627.

Second was Coun. Mary Brouilette, whose tab came in at $24,225, while Coun. Jack Wilson cost $22,696. Coun. Kent Becker rounded out the pack only slightly behind, costing $22,528.

Mayor Teunis Westbroek’s stipend of $20,256 saw $10,651 in expenses added, along with $7,373 in reimbursed expenses, for a total of $37,758.

In all, the tab for councillors came in at $132,836.

The same report also detailed the pay of the town’s top bureaucrats, with CAO Mark Brown coming in at the top of the heap, with $146,813 in remuneration, along with $7,436 in expenses for a total of $154,249.

Financial administrator John Marsh had the second highest total, with his $119,623 salary amended by $5,154 in expenses, for a total of $124,778.

Third was planner Paul Butler, whose $119,060 salary was bumped up by $1,507 in expenses for a $120,586 total.

Director of engineering Bob Weir also broke the $100,000 mark, with his $102,656 salary bumped up by $2,758 in expenses for a $105,414 tab overall.

Rounding out the $100,000 club is corporate administrator Trudy Coates, whose $98,276 salary was enhanced by $3,820 in expenses for a $102,097 total.

In all, the total cost for employees making over $75,000 a year was $997,629, with $46,903 in expenses, for a total of $1,044,533. The tab for employees making less than $75,000 was $3,088,806, along with $140,079 in expenses, for a total of $3,228,885.

The grand total for all employees, including expenses, was $4,273, 419.



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