Beaumont Mayor's pay raise not sitting well with some in the community

Beaumont Mayor defending his pay increase in 2019

Beaumont will be going through some major changes in the new year but not everyone is happy about it.

Fred Davis has lived in the community for 27 years and is not pleased that Mayor John Stewart will see his salary jump from $64,500 a year to an annual salary of $100,000 plus benefits when his job becomes full-time in 2019.

"I was shocked and disappointed, particularly given these economic times, the previous council did vote in favor of a pay raise to take effect after the last election and the understanding was they would not revisit that pay raise until 2021 so to go back to the troth a year into their mandate was extremely greedy" says Davis"

Mayor Stewart has said the salary jump was based on a study done last year which showed Beaumont councilor and mayor salary was extremely low compared to other municipalities.

Davis says the issue has caused a lot of division within the community that officially becomes a city in 2019.

Beaumont is the 5th fastest growing community in Canada with an annualized five-year growth rate at 4.1%.

Stewart says they came up with the number after looking at places like Leduc, Spruce Grove and Fort Saskatchewan where salaries for mayor according to him are between 90 to $100,000 a year.  (JSL/THE ONE NEWS)

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