In 2010, a committee consisting of independent public members conducted a review of Red Deer County Council's Remuneration Policy. Following the review, a presentation was made to Council on September 7, 2010. The policy as drafted by this committee was adopted by Council. In 2013, the committee came together again to review and update the policy. A few small changes were made and the policy was once again adopted by Council to come into effect following the October 21, 2013 election.
Included with this policy was a requirement to report, on a quarterly basis, the number of meetings members of Council were scheduled to attend and the actual attendance at the meetings, as well as a reporting of Mayor / Councillor claims.
Scheduled meetings include County Council and Municipal Planning Commission meetings as well as meetings for the Committees / Board / Commissions that members of Council are appointed to as representatives of the County.
In addition to their scheduled meetings, members of Council attend and participate in many other County-related functions, such as:
Council Strategic Planning Retreat
Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC) conference and zone meeting
Public relation type events with Red Deer College, Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce, the Westerner and local businesses (i.e. grand openings)
Meetings with provincial government representatives
Meetings with adjacent municipal representatives (i.e. City of Red Deer, Town of Penhold), meetings with local community groups and County ratepayers, and public workshops (i.e. proposed Environmentally Significant Areas Plan all-day workshop)
Expense claims are the amounts members of Council are entitled to claim under the terms of the Councillor Remuneration Policy and are as follows:
Mayor annual honorarium - $84,177.11 October 26, 2015 to October 20, 2017
Councillor annual honorarium - $59,080.83 October 26, 2015 to October 20, 2017
For out-of-County travel for attendance at County-related meetings, conferences, workshops, seminars, Councillors are entitled to claim a per diem rate of $210 per day.
Attendance Allotment & Mileage
Each Councillor is allotted an annual amount of $6,500 for attendance at conferences. The Mayor is allotted an annual amount of $8,500 for attendance at conferences. This fee includes all expenses related to the conference attendance - registration fees, hotel accommodations, travel costs, mileage, per diems (if claimed) and any expenses (i.e. parking, meals).
Councillors are entitled to claim for mileage travelled to County-related meetings/events at a rate of 54 cents per kilometre (the provincial rate as set by the Canada Revenue Agency). Due to the large geographic area covered within the County's municipal boundaries, the mileage claims vary substantially as they are dependent on where the Mayor / Councillor resides.