But what's sad is that it needed to be said.
On the surface, Strathcona County’s mayor earns $96,200 and its councillors collect $53,500.
But one-third of their salary is tax-free.When you factor in that tax break, the salaries jump to $113,755 for the mayor and $61,886 for councillors.
The Alberta chapter of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling attention to the practice of taxing municipal officials on two-thirds of their salary. It’s a break afforded to MLAs as well.
“Politicians should not be granted special status,” said Scott Hennig, the Alberta director of the CTF.
“They’re supposed to be representative of the people but the people don’t get to claim one-third of their income tax-free. It seems patently unfair.”