CRD reveals a list of its highest paid employees.
The list of the highest paid employees in the Capital Regional District has been made public and those making the biggest bucks weren’t even working.
Albert Sweetnam was the CRD’s top earner in 2015. He headed up the, now defunct Seaterra sewage treatment management company . He earned more than 280-thousand dollars in salary this past year.
Saanich’s former Chief Administrative Officer, Paul Murray, was highest paid in that municipality with a listed salary of nearly 260 thousand dollars. He left that position after mayor Richard Atwell’s 2014 election win.
And former Victoria Police Chief Frank Elsner continues to draw a salary of more than 200-thousand dollars a year even though he has been suspended over charges of misconduct.
Jordan Bateman of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says the news is hard take,”I think for the average taxpayers who’s scrimping and saving trying to pay their tax bill that’s coming in this week, this is going to be a bit of a slap in the face for them to think that hundreds of thousands of dollars have gone out the door to individuals who no longer work”.
Bateman says labour makes up a significant portion of the taxes we sent to various levels of government, “the big problem here is that government agencies refuse to sign employees to fixed term contracts.
“Instead of assigning a new CEO to a three or a five year deal and thus giving you the opportunity to get out if you need to, they just sign these contracts that are ongoing and end up being very expensive,” Bateman adds.
The CRD is required to release annual salary information for those making more than $75,000 per year.
According to that statement 95 employees made more than $100,000 a year in 2015 and, 223 employees earned more than $75,000.