Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid
I see NO REASON to concern myself over how many LIE-berals work at CNN!!!!!
Trump felons are using all the Clinton ones.
On the other hand I DO SEE how important it is to expose the Fake News fed to us by Cdn LIE-berals and their civil service union Hog allies!
Here is an article illustrating how LIE-berals are hiding the scale and scope of their Grand Gravy Train. With some comments of my own in brackets):
Sunshine List only shows portion of what GTA mayors actually take home
Toronto Star. Noor Javed - Staff Reporter
Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti was the top earning mayor in the GTA in 2017, taking home more than $251,000 when his regional pay and earnings for sitting on boards was factored in.
When it comes to the top-paid mayors in the GTA, the Sunshine List may not be showing taxpayers the whole bill.
According to the annual public sector salary disclosure, released last month, 15 GTA mayors hit the $100,000 threshold needed to make the provincial list — with Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti once again taking the top spot in Ontario, pocketing $195,374 in 2017.
But a deeper look at the salaries on the Sunshine List shows that what many mayors disclose is only a portion of what they actually take home. And in some cases, even mayors whose names don’t appear on the list make over $100,000 of taxpayers’ dollars — because they also get income from their local municipality and the upper-tier municipality such as York, Peel, Durham, and Halton regions.
(Gosh- do you suppose Revenue Canada would let us report less income or pay less tax if we split it up among several jobs? Not LIKELY! But creating Fake News comes easy to GREEDY HOGS!)
Some also get paid to sit on publicly funded boards, such as local conservation, electricity and police boards. And a handful of GTA mayors still benefit from a provision in the Municipal Act that allows them to declare a third of their income tax-free — and not disclose that portion to the province.
(So LOTS of little jobs with easy work and high pay and no need to tell the over taxed and now enraged public the truth about it! Very nice work if you can get it!)
As a result, taxpayers looking for answers are left to muddle through various council reports to find out exactly how much their mayors make, and how they compare to others across the GTA.
“It’s only when you combine regional remuneration with the local salary can you get an apples-to-apples comparison,” said Steve Parish, the mayor of Ajax, who made $102,700 in 2017, according to the Sunshine List. That number, however, didn’t include the income he made as a member of Durham Regional Council, where he earned an additional $55,000 in 2017. He admits “from a strict transparency point of view, you have to put the numbers together to get the straight goods.”
A Star analysis of all GTA mayors found significant discrepancies between what appears on the Sunshine List and what they took home, ranging from a difference of a few hundred dollars to over $100,000.
(What a surprise that over paid Hogs would want to hide their privileges from their poverty stricken peasants!)
The Star looked at all local municipal salaries, regional salaries and any pay mayors received from sitting on government boards. We did not include expenses, benefits, or pensions — which can tally up to tens of thousands of dollars.
(Pensions for Hogs are the number one financial burden for all levels of govt! Ontari-owe LIE-berals hav promised fifty five billion dollars to OSSTF- our high school teachers! No wonder Wynne-bag LIE-berals turned our electrical system into a massive gravy generating machine- they needed to buy votes for the election- and honour their insane IOU`s issued to Hogs for their support!)
Toronto Mayor John Tory was the only mayor in the GTA whose Sunshine List pay reflects his actual compensation.
And while Markham Mayor Scarpitti’s salary on the Sunshine List includes his regional pay and city pay, it leaves out $7,800 he made from Markham District Energy and $48,000 he made on the board for Alectra, which was previously known as PowerStream, a local energy distribution company. His total taxpayer-funded compensation was over $250,000.
(And we also know that govt agencies like OPG are increasingly hiring “consultants” who re nothing more than former employees who have “retired” and are collecting their pensions and then get hired back as “consultants” at much higher pay which DOES NOT get reported on the Sunshine List! Govt Hogs are becoming increasingly skilled at hiding the full extent of their greed!)
Lama Nicolas, a senior communications adviser to Scarpitti, said his “compensation has been known to the public, even during election years.”
“Based on the election results, the residents of Markham seem satisfied with his performance,” she said, adding his pay was higher this year due to a retroactive pay adjustment from 2016.
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie made $139,374, according to the Sunshine List. She made an additional $55,161, for sitting on Peel Regional Council, and $48,000 for her position with Alectra and PowerStream. She also got $500 for sitting on the police board. This brings her grand total to more than $243,000.
A spokesperson for Crombie says she “respects taxpayer dollars” and elected to freeze her salary this term.
(OH gosh- my hero! As if living on an annual $243 grand salary was some sort of major sacrifice! And would it not be fun to compare that gravy train salary to what these people would actually make back in the private sector?)
Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilaqua was a close third, after including his pay from Alectra (around $45,000), and Vaughan Energy Holdings for over $14,000 — bringing his total to about $243,000. Despite numerous requests to the city’s media relations, they did not disclose how much the mayor made while he was on PowerStream for a month, prior it to becoming Alectra. He also makes another $110,000 as vice-chair of the virtual VersaBank. Bevilacqua previously told the Star he was donating those funds to charity.
(Uh huh- and getting nice tax breaks for that charitable donation as well I guess!)
The province says municipalities aren’t breaking any rules by not disclosing everything mayors take home.
(Of course not! Who would expect our LIE-berals to disclose the dirty details of their full lists of entitlements?)
“Mayors are required to disclose employment income reported on their T4. In some cases, mayors may receive additional income from other positions that they hold (i.e. regional council, boards, etc.),” said Durga Thiru, a spokesperson for the Treasury Board Secretariat, which compiles the Sunshine List.
“Income from other positions does not have to be disclosed under the Public Sector Salary Disclosure if it does not meet the $100,000 threshold,” Thiru said.
(Since mayors And their cronies on council ARE CREATING these boards and agencies and setting the salaries for themselves it should be seen as shameless greed to hide the details from the public!)
Markham resident Eira Keay, who recently calculated the total remuneration all elected officials in Markham made last year, believes municipalities need to be more transparent when disclosing pay, and make the numbers easily accessible to constituents.
“I had to really chase after city officials to get these numbers,” she said. “Most people don’t have time to do that.”
She says she wishes the Sunshine List was “more complete.”
“The way it is now, it doesn’t fully tell taxpayers how their dollars are being used,” she said.
Nor does it tell taxpayers if the mayors are even disclosing all of their base pay.
(Toronto mayor Jackass John Tory has just told us he will hold city tax increases to “the rate of inflation” if he is re-elected! But as the inflation rate is calculated by LIE-berals and driven almost entirely by pay raises given to Hogs- which too many ordinary people do without- promising tax increases “at the rate of inflation” still comes out to price gouging ordinary people!)
Newmarket is one of a handful of municipalities in the GTA where councillors continue to implement a provision in the Municipal Act that allows one-third of their municipal income to be tax free to cover expenses — and that portion isn’t disclosed on the Sunshine List.
That’s why Newmarket Mayor Tony Van Bynen’s disclosure for the list was $120,393 (his regional pay plus his town salary) in 2017, when he actually made upwards of $150,000. Over $31,000 of the mayor’s base was tax-free and thus not disclosed for the Sunshine List.
Other mayors who deduct a third from their salaries for expenses include Aurora, Whitby and Milton. All three mayors made the Sunshine List, but their full compensation is at least $30,000 more than what appeared on the list.
(Systematic lies about Hog compensation are routine- for instance- Hogs are entitled to invest TWICE AS MUCH MONEY into pension plans as ordinary people- Hogs get to put about 32 percnt of their pre tax income into pension investments compared to the maximum of 18 percent of pre tax income for ordinary people! And since Hogs get paid at least one third more than those in private sector- Hogs DO USE much more of their RRSP options than us!)
The mayors are expected to lose this provision in January 2019, after the federal government included a tax decision in last year’s federal budget that would eliminate the one-third tax-free benefit for municipal councils. Some councils, like Halton Hills, plan to compensate for this loss by getting raises during the next council term.
(In other words- any apparent change for the better is nothing but a SHAM!)
Even if your mayor isn’t on the Sunshine List, it doesn’t necessarily mean they didn’t meet the $100,000 mark last year. The Star found that a number of mayors, including those in Halton Hills, King, Pickering, Oshawa and Caledon, actually made more than $100,000 in total compensation when their regional and local pay was combined.
When pressed on why mayors don’t disclose all their earnings even though they are taking home more than $100,000, a spokesman for Pickering Mayor David Ryan said the city “reports what is reflected in Box 14” of the mayor’s T4 form.
(And we are not permitted to see Box 14 by the hypocrites! When we buy a meal or a car we DO get shown the final price! Not so for a politician- they take what they want and hide it!)
“We are only responsible for reporting the City of Pickering’s remunerations to the Ministry of Finance,” said city spokesman Mark Guinto. “The Region of Durham and Veridian are responsible for reporting their own respective organizations.”
Ryan made more than $159,600 last year when his municipal pay, regional pay and compensation for sitting on the board of the local energy provider, Veridian Connections, were combined.
“The city is very transparent with respect to mayor & council remuneration. It is discussed at the public budget meetings, and it is posted online once approved. In addition, every year, our local paper publishes the total remuneration of mayor and council. This information can easily be found online.”
(Oh yes- and who has the time to wade through that mass of documents created DELIBERATELY TO HIDE full prices? Govt gives us regular updates on how their costs for water and sewers etc have increased BUT THEY NEVER BREAK OUT THE PAY AND PENSION INCREASES!!!!)