(13 July 2018) – I just sent this letter by e-mail to the Guelph mayor and city councillors. I will share their responses as they arrive in my inbox:
“Dear Mayor and Councillors,
Regarding the decision to set the mayor’s net salary for 2019 at the same level as the net salary for 2018, I have some questions about how you propose to accomplish this.
The first question flows from the slight chance that the current mayor is not re-elected but is replaced by a new mayor who has a different personal tax profile, how do you propose to set the new gross salary at a level that the new mayor’s net income will equal that of the current mayor?
Second, in the event that the new provincial government reduces personal income taxes, as indicated in the throne speech, will the incoming mayor refund any increased net income back to the hard working tax payers of Guelph?
Third, in the event that at the end of the 2019 tax year, the mayor’s tax refund is higher than that received in 2018, will the mayor return the extra to the city?
Fourth, how do you propose to monitor any other variables that affect the mayor’s net salary?
Fifth, how frequently do you propose to review the mayor’s net salary amounts and make the appropriate adjustments to ensure that it stays the same as currently received?
I look forward to hearing your answers to these questions and sharing the information with the voters.