By Jeremy Sollars
Southern Downs councillors will this week vote on whether or not to accept a proposed 2.25 per cent pay rise recommended by the State Government.
The Local Government Remuneration and Discipline Tribunal has recommended the pay rise for councillors across Queensland, but all will have the option of foregoing it.
A report to this week’s council meeting to be held at the Warwick chambers on Wednesday shows the proposed new pay scales as follows –
Mayor Tracy Dobie – increase from $125,084 to $127,898
Deputy Mayor Jo McNally – increase from $78,177 to $79,936
Councillors – $66,450 to $67,945
The combined total increase in remuneration levels would be $15,038.
The report provides councillors with the options of either accepting the pay rise as from 1 July 2018 or to “redirect the funds generated from the increase to another operational budget activity”.