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Salary of Richmond mayor-to-be tops $180,000

Council members got significant pay bumps in 2019 after the federal government cancelled a tax exemption.

The successful mayoral candidate's salary will be in the order of about $185,000.

And winning Richmond city council candidates will be compensated more than $82,000 per year.

A report shows Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie received a salary of $182,000 in 2021 while most city councillors earned $82,636 – this doesn’t include taxable benefits. The notable exception was Coun. Chak Au whose salary was $72,707.

Au’s lower salary resulted from a decision to waive a pay increase in early 2019 to compensate for the fact the federal government removed a one-third salary tax exemption on municipal salaries.

The mayor’s salary increased from 2018 to 2019 by about $39,000 while councillor salaries increased by about $11,500.

At the time, then-Coun. Kelly Greene and Au both voted to not take the salary increase.

As of Friday morning, only Brodie and Steveston resident John Roston had put in their paperwork to run for the mayor’s seat while there are about 30 candidates vying for the eight councillor seats in the Oct. 15 election.

The list of candidates for city council has been growing this week, but the deadline for submitting paperwork is Friday at 4 p.m. (The News will be publishing the completed list Friday evening.)