City of Albany councillor defends sitting fees

Toby HusseyAlbany Advertiser
The City of Albany Administration and Civiv Centre building North Road Albany.
Camera IconThe City of Albany Administration and Civiv Centre building North Road Albany. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

An Albany councillor has defended councillor sitting fees, answering online criticisms over a proposed increase for the coming year.

At Tuesday night’s Community and Corporate Services Committee meeting, Cr Emma Doughty said she believed Albany residents did not realise the work required for the role.

“I don’t think residents of Albany appreciate what councillors put into their position on council,” Cr Doughty said.

“People need to appreciate we dedicate a lot of time to council, either sitting at meetings, attending events, sitting at committees, championing for the City (to receive) grant money or whatever else it may be.

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“If you start to add up the hours we dedicate per week versus what we get as a sitting fee, it’s a tiny amount, really.

“All of us do this at the end of the day because we love our city.”

Cr Emma Doughty
Camera IconCr Emma Doughty

The City’s 2019-20 budget proposed an increase in councillor sitting fees of about one per cent, to $31,678 each.

The Mayor and deputy mayor would receive $137,269 and $54,117 respectively.

The City of Albany has 12 councillors elected from six wards, and will hold 33 council and committee meetings in 2019.

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