EDITORIAL – Should civic politicians get a third of their pay tax free?

MUNICIPAL politicians receive a benefit a lot of people might not know about — a third of their stipend is tax free.

It’s been that way since I remember, and it’s there in consideration of the day-to-day expenses incurred by municipal office holders. Under the federal Income Tax Act, elected members of provincial and territorial governments, school boards and some other bodies receive certain breaks as well — referred to as “non-accountable allowances.”

Justin Trudeau proposes to take that away as of 2019, which basically means at the beginning of the next term. There’s good and bad in this.

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2 Comments on EDITORIAL – Should civic politicians get a third of their pay tax free?

  1. -This last statement in your entire article, “I certainly hope not.,’ is obviously playing the Devil’s Advocate: In the background someone else is chiming in to say:
    “Of course, of course, ya horse, ya horse.”
    -‘He who laughs last …most likely got the biggest cut…! ‘
    (Ok, maybe not like that, yet the context is correct….)

  2. The excuse that a higher salary attracts better candidates is no longer valid.
    Claw back the misguided raise or tax it back at least 50%.

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