District of Hope discusses the 753 Water System in November 2019. Bob Erickson (second from left) stepped down from council earlier this term. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)

District of Hope payroll for 13 employees tops $1.37M

Annual reporting shows remuneration for employees who earn more than $75K

The annual so-called “sunshine lists” are being published along with other budgetary details in governments all over B.C., including Hope.

The lists include remuneration for elected officials and the salaries of those who make $75,000 or above in municipal offices, as part of the statement of financial information for 2021.

At the District of Hope, there are currently 13 people whose salaries are on the list. They range from Duncan Cline at $80,461 per year to CAO John Fortoloczky at $190,600 per year.

However, Mayor Peter Robb explains that the CAO’s salary is an anomoly, and not his regular income. And like many anomolies in 2021, it has to do with the atmospheric river events and COVID. Fortolocsky’s salary is actually about $165,000.

“We had to pay him out on his holidays,” Robb explained to the Standard. “It sort of distorts his salary.”

The total remuneration for all 13 top-paid employees is $1,371,757.17, plus $19,634.56 in expenses.

That’s only slightly lower than the total remuneration for the rest of the district’s employees, at about $1,888,539.61, and no covered expenses.

By comparison, elected officials make quite a bit less than the top paid employees.

Mayor Peter Robb makes about $32,295 annually, and each councillor makes about $18,300.

Bob Erickson left council and vacated his seat earlier this term, which meant his 2021 remuneration was reduced to just over $14,000.

Remunerations are just part of the statement. It also includes a list of suppliers who the district paid more than $25,000 last year, surpluses district grants, contracts, debts, financial commitments and risks, and liabilities.

The full document is available in the District of Hope June 13 agenda package.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated and is slightly different from the version in the July 1 printed edition of The Hope Standard. The change reflects new information provided by the District of Hope regarding the CAO’s salary.

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