Letters to the Editor

Burnaby city salaries soaring, out of line

Re: $100K club at city hall boosts ranks (NewsLeader, June 14)

Wow—did I do my math correctly?

144 City of Burnaby employees earn $14.4 million, an increase of 36 per cent since 2011?

Where do I sign up?

The 24 employees mentioned in the article, along with 49 members of the Burnaby Fire Department are not the issue with me, as they are valuable positions and members of the City of Burnaby.

However that leaves 71 others earning $100K-plus. The citizens of Burnaby need to see that list. My property taxes (all in) in 2012 were $4,518.46. I just paid 2013 which was $4,911.48—an increase of $393.02 or 8.7 per cent.

What happened to the 2.95 per cent the mayor told us about a while back? Please get those municipal auditors in here ASAP, this has got to stop. The city is enjoying a boom in condo development and this brings in a ton of property tax revenue. It seems the mayor and council are content to pay out big-time salaries as the taxes continue to flow in. And Mr. Mayor don’t give us the story that you need to pay big bucks to retain good people. There are a lot of very qualified people out there that would jump at an opportunity to work for $60,000-$80,000 annually, along with all the benefits the City of Burnaby employees enjoy.

Curtis Evans

Burnaby

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