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Expenses and remuneration

As of 2019, the following remuneration will be paid to the elected officials of the City of Airdrie:

  • Mayor $112,462/annum
  • Councillors $52,780/annum

Remuneration review

As established by Council at their regular meeting of February 6, 2017, remuneration will be set as follows:

Compensation is reviewed at Council’s mid-term, every four years (unless Council directs otherwise) and includes:

  • an analysis of a selection of Alberta communities' mayoralty salaries and populations will be used to determine the Mayor's salary so that the relative size of the community will be appropriately reflected in compensation. Comparative municipalities include: 

    Calgary, 

    Chestermere, 

    Cochrane, 

    Grande Prairie, 

    Lethbridge, 

    Medicine Hat, 

    Okotoks, 

    Red Deer, 

    Red Deer County, 

    Rocky View County, and 

    St. Albert 

    with the data being analyzed using a two-tail regression analysis, to screen out data outliers
  • adjustments to the Mayor's current salary will be made effective mid-term when the review shows a differential of greater than minus five percent (5%). If there is a differential of greater than plus five percent (5%), the salary will be frozen until analysis shows the salary to be within five percent (5%)
  • Councillor's salaries will be set at a forty seven percent (47%) ratio of the Mayor's salary
  • benefits will mirror those of City staff with the exception of participation in pension plans. All costs will be covered by the City.

Inflation and expenses

As long as the majority of City staff are non-unionized, Council members' salary will be adjusted annually at the same percent change as that set in each annual budget for City non-unionized staff using the Consumer Price Inflation Rate (CPI) as published by the City of Calgary in the fall edition of the Calgary & Region Economic Outlook as the starting point. In the event the majority of City staff are unionized, Council members' salary will be adjusted annually based upon the Consumer Price Inflation Rate (CPI) as published by the City of Calgary in the fall edition of the Calgary & Region Economic Outlook.

The Mayor will receive an automobile allowance of $400/month (taxable benefit) to cover mileage incurred within the city limits.  Mileage outside the city limits will be reimbursed at the rate paid to City of Airdrie staff.

Council Members are not eligible for retirement pension.

A per diem allowance will only be applicable in situations that Council considers unusual and requiring special consideration.  Per diems will be paid out as follows:

  • Half Day (4 hours or less) $  75
  • Full Day (4 hours or more) $150