It is up to you folks! Take your pick!

There are many definitions of remuneration. The Town’s Treasurer, Mike Mayes, sets them out here in all their bewildering complexity.   

So if anyone has the temerity to ask Van Trappist how much he makes, the Mayor can pick the pay package that best suits the occasion.   

In most cases this would be the lowest. But in the unlikely event of the old banker wanting a bank loan he could be tempted to select his highest remuneration.

Mr Mayes, the man with the abacus, tells us

“Remuneration for (the) purposes of the annual Statement of Remuneration and Expenses is based on payments and includes the non-taxable portion of council wages, but does not include payments not ultimately made by the Town, such as those reimbursed by the Region.

“For Public Salary Disclosure purposes, remuneration is derived from the elected official’s T4 form and therefore includes only the taxable portion of Town wages and Regional stipend. It can be confusing.”

Hmmmm. Some of the calculations seem adrift by a few dollars here and a few dollars there. I don't pretend to understand it all. But if I’ve got the gist of it right:

(a)   $117,162 is Van Trappist’s income as shown on the Sunshine List. It derives from the two-thirds of his Town remuneration on which he pays tax ($62,814.94) plus the so-called "stipend"  of $54,337.92 from York Region. This gives a total of $117,152.86. I am a few dollars adrift from the Sunshine List figure which I cannot immediately explain.

If the Mayor paid tax on his whole income from the Town and not just two-thirds, his Sunshine List remuneration would be that much higher.

Regional Councillor John Taylor does not feature in the Sunshine List even though his combined income - like the Mayor's - is greater than the $100,000 threshold.

(b)  $148,560 is the Mayor’s income as reported in the Town's annual statement of Remuneration and Expenses. This is his $94,222.41 from the Town of Newmarket and his $54,337.92 from the Region of York. He is on the Region because he is Mayor.

(c)  $160,564 is the Mayor’s income as above together with the $12,004 he gets from Newmarket-Tay Hydro. He is only on the Board because he is Mayor.

Is that clear enough?

Appendix A in the Statement of Remuneration and Benefits tells us:

 

Remuneration

Benefits per T4 (lease car)

Other Benefit Costs (OMERS, CPP etc)

Remuneration and Benefits

 

Other Expenses

Total

Tony Van Bynen

$94,222.41

$7,651.62

$15,320.69

$117,194.72

$8,560.93

$125,755.65

 Appendix B on Income Reporting says this: (The employment income figure is the one shown on the Sunshine List)

 

Employment Income

Municipal Officers’ Expenses Allowance. Tax free 1/3rd

2016 Remuneration per T4

Tony Van Bynen

$117,162.21

$31,398.12

$148,560.33

Source of remuneration (shown above).  Benefits are excluded from these figures.

 

York Region

Town

Total Remuneration

Tony Van Bynen

$54,337.92

$94,222.41

$148,560.33

2016 Payments made to Members of the Regional Municipality of York Council

 

Remuneration

Benefits per T4

Other Benefit Costs

Remuneration and Benefits

Other Expenses

Total

Tony Van Bynen

$54,337.92

 

$8,992.79

$63,330.71

$4,863.62

$68,194.33

John Taylor

$54,337.92

 

$8,908.33

$63,246.25

$1,193.38

$64,439.63

Payments made to members of Newmarket-Tay Hydro. Van Bynen is appointed by the Council to the Board and is there by virtue of his position as Mayor.

 

Remuneration

Benefits per T4

Other Benefit costs

Remuneration and Benefits

Other Expenses

Total

Tony Van Bynen

$12,004

 

 

$12,004

 

$12,004

 

Sunshine List for members of York Regional Council

And here are the Sunshine List figures for members of York Regional Council. As with Van Trappist above, these figures do not give the whole picture. You've got to take them with a shovel full of salt.

The Sunshine List has serious design flaws and is worse than useless. The figures cannot be relied on.

Aurora's Geoffrey Dawe appears on the Sunshine List for the first time even though his combined income from Aurora and York Region would have put him over the $100,000 threshold in the past.

I also note that Vaughan’s Michael Di Biase whose pay from the City of Vaughan in 2015 was docked for 90 days for improperly interfering in the tendering process, has bounced back with a vengeance, recovering the cash that he lost for his questionable behaviour.

 

Municipality

2016

2015

2014

Mayor Geoffrey Dawe

Aurora

$100,829

nothing reported

nothing reported

Mayor Virginia Hackson

East Gwillimbury

$124,094

$126,035

$119,772

Mayor and Regional Councillor Margaret Quirk

Georgina

nothing reported

$106,806

nothing reported

Mayor Steve Pellegrini

King

nothing reported

nothing reported

nothing reported

Mayor Frank Scarpitti

Markham

$187,881

$187,129

$191,996

Deputy Mayor and Regional Councillor Jack Heath

Markham

$137,330

$136,778

$140,163

Regional Councillor Jim Jones

Markham

nothing reported

nothing reported

nothing reported

Regional Councillor Joe Li

Markham

nothing reported

nothing reported

nothing reported

Regional Councillor Nirmala Armstrong

Markham

$129,785

$129,262

nothing reported

Mayor Tony Van Bynen

Newmarket

$117,162

$120,494

$113,921

Regional Councillor John Taylor

Newmarket

nothing reported

nothing reported

nothing reported

Mayor David Barrow

Richmond Hill

$180,958

$174,281

$173,379

Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora

Richmond Hill

$130,310

$126,193

$125,291

Regional Councillor Brenda Hogg

Richmond Hill

$130,310

$126,193

$125,291

Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua

Vaughan

$179,040

$176,919

$173,459

Deputy Mayor and Regional Councillor Michael Di Biase

Vaughan

$139,902

$117,603

$128,778

Regional Councillor Mario Ferri

Vaughan

$132,122

$130,706

nothing reported

Regional Councillor Gino Rosati

Vaughan

$132,122

$130,706

$135,041

Mayor Justin Altman

Whitchurch Stouffville

nothing reported

nothing reported

nothing reported

 

 

 

 

 

Health Warning: Check out the Sunshine Lists:

2016 here

2015 here

2014 here

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