Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon disputes annual salary figures
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Mayor Guy Pilon disputed a published report that lists his annual salary at $147,000, saying his actual mayoral salary is $98,283. Additional money he receives as part his expense allowance and for his work with the MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges and the Communauté Métropolitain de Montréal (CMM) brings his annual total earnings to $147,601.
Mayor Guy Pilon disputed the accuracy of a published report on September 14 that listed his salary as $147,000 annually. Pilon brought the issue to public attention during the second question period at the bimonthly council meeting on September 16.
“Last Saturday, the Journal de Montréal listed the salary of almost every mayor in the province of Quebec. I have nothing against that. It’s not the problem. But they included all the other responsibilities related to the job as part of the salary,” Pilon told The Journal.
Other amounts added to total salary
He said his actual salary is $98,283 a year. According to Pilon, the discrepancy occurred because the Journal de Montréal included additional monetary stipends he receives from his work sitting on various committees that he’s involved in which are a part of his overall mayoral duties.
“Like all the other mayors, I’m a part of the Municipalité Régionale de Comté (MRC) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges and the Communauté Métropolitain de Montréal (CMM). This is one point I want to tell people,” said Pilon.
“The other point is since last year, my salary increased by about another $14,000 just because the federal government decided to do away with the expense allowance we received. Before that, all the mayors and city councillors in Quebec were allowed to have a certain amount of money for expenses that was non-tax deductible,” added Pilon.
The mayor said when the federal expense allowance was abolished for elected council members, their expense allowance was added to their overall salaries. “Now we pay taxes on that amount but we wanted to have equivalence as we had before,” said Pilon.
A document provided to The Journal by the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion shows that in addition to the mayor’s $98,283 annual salary, Pilon receives an additional $16,595 for his taxable expense allowance; $7,753 for his work on the MRC committee and $25,000 for his participation in the CMM for a total amount of $147,601.
Annual salaries for each of the city’s eight municipal councillors totalled $25,528 along with a taxable expense allowance of $12,764 for a total of $38,292.
Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes
The city is working with the provincial government to discuss the necessary preparatory work that will be required to expand Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes into a four-lane highway west of Highway 30 before the start of construction of the new regional hospital.
Mayor Pilon said the road will have to be expanded up until Chemin Sainte-Angélique in Saint-Lazare to allow for the smooth flow of existing traffic and the eventual influx of heavy trucks and equipment that will be entering and exiting the construction site.
“Cité-des-Jeunes has to be expanded regardless whether a hospital is built or not. When you’re on Highway 30 south coming from Montreal and exit at Cité-des-Jeunes, traffic is blocked every night onto the highway,” said Pilon.
“We’ve proposed a few changes and showed them what we think should be done. You cannot build a hospital with over 400 beds, 2,000 employees without having an adequate road. We’ll make sure the government understands the problem we have,” added Pilon.