Tuff council relaxes penalties for councillors missing meetings

Tofino’s municipal councillors will no longer automatically be docked pay if they miss more than three council meetings in a year.

Council voted last week to amend the district’s Remuneration, Benefits and Expense Reimbursement Bylaw.

The bylaw, which was adopted in 2013, lays out council’s salary structure with each councillor receiving $11,410 in remuneration and the Mayor receiving $19,708.

It stipulated that any councillor who had missed three regular meetings would have their pay reduced with each additional absence.

Pay reductions are based on a “pro-rated basis, based on the number of meeting absences,” according to the bylaw.

The amendment council approved last week means councillors with three absences already banked could miss additional meetings if the rest of council believes their reasons are valid.

“The number of absences remain the same but there is a possibility of further absences with remuneration penalty at council’s discretion,” said Tofino’s financial services director Nyla Attiana.

Last December, council knocked three meetings off their calendar by switching to a monthly meeting.

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