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City releases 2016 salary, benefits totals for mayor and city council

Brian Bigger made a combined $143,347 last year
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Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger made $143,347 in salary and benefits last year, according to figures released by the city under the requirements of the Municipal Act (File).

Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger made $143,347 in salary and benefits last year, according to figures released by the city under the requirements of the Municipal Act.

Bigger was paid $118,391, while benefits – which include things such as Canada Pension Plan, employer health tax, dental, OMERS and other benefits – totalled $24,956.

The mayor's office, meanwhile, spent $548,754, less than the $613,739 that was budgeted. The mayor's office spent $53,000 less on staffing and almost $11,000 less than budgeted for public relations.

While the mayor's budget for travel was $16,390 — $3,869 less than forecast – it didn't include travel to London, England, from June 28 to July 6 for a SNOLAB event. The costs of the trip were billed to the Greater Sudbury Development Corp. because it was related to economic development.

As for city councillors, each received between $44,000 and $51,000 in salary and benefits. Councillors' salaries are supplemented based on how many external committees and boards they are part of in a calendar year.

The highest paid last year was Ward 12 Coun. Joscelyne Laundry-Atlmann, who received $51,961 in salary and benefits, while Ward 11 Coun. Lynne Reynolds earned the least at $43,031.

Each councillor also has an office budget of $10,489. Ward 2 Coun. Michael Vagnini came closest to spending his full budget, at $10,373, while Ward 3 Coun. Gerry Montpellier spent the least, at $2,634.

Montpellier, whose ward includes Chelmsford and Onaping, had the biggest mileage claim, at $6,120, while Ward 5 Coun. Bob Kirwan of the Valley area was second at $5,359. Ward 10 Coun. Fern Cormier, whose ward is in the South End, didn't claim any mileage.

Ward 6 Coun. René Lapierre claimed the biggest cellphone budget at $1,893, while Reynolds claimed the least, $320.

Read the full report here.