Former mayor was highest paid member of Halton Hills council in 2022


Published March 29, 2023 at 12:00 pm

Now retired Mayor Rick Bonnette was the highest paid member of Halton Hills Town Council last year, pulling in more than $130,000.

A report presented at this week’s council meeting showed Bonnette’s salary was $95,711, along with another $32,418 in benefits.

Bonnette’s successor, Ann Lawlor, who had previously been a councillor, was paid $62,612, including $49,078 in salary.

Because 2022 was an election year, the numbers from the Town’s accounting department include both councillors who did not return to public service, as well as a few months of their replacements.

Five councillors who are now gone from council – Wendy Farrow-Reed, Ted Brown, Jon Hurst, Moya Johnson and Bryan Lewis – were paid $37,431 in salary as well as benefits that ranged from about $9,000 to a few hundred dollars.

Four councillors who were re-elected – Clark Somerville, Robet Inglis, Michael Albano and Jane Fogal – were all paid $41,967 in salary along with benefits ranging from $10,0000 to $1,100.

Six new people were elected to Halton Hills council – Jason Brass, Chantal Garneau, D’Arcy Keene, Ron Norris, Joseph Racinsky and Alex Hilson – and were paid $4,698 along with $759 in benefits.

Combined, Halton Hills taxpayers spent $632,000 on the local council.

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