Surrey council cost taxpayers more than $825,000 in 2016

That includes more than $100,000 in expenses for Surrey City Council last year

SURREY — The numbers are in and Surrey City Council cost taxpayers almost $826,000 last year.

That includes each member’s salary, taxable benefits and expenses for 2016.

Mayor Linda Hepner makes the most. Her base salary in 2016 was approximately $132,470 in 2016 (up from $125,100 in 2015) and she received $15,855 in other taxable benefits, almost all of which went to a car allowance.

Surrey’s eight councillors each received just over $67,000 in 2016 as a base salary, that’s up from approximately $63,300 the year prior.

In all, Surrey City Council expensed just shy of $105,000 last year, up from $87, 100 in 2015.

Councillor Bruce Hayne expensed the most with nearly $16,700, followed by Councillor Vera LeFranc at $13,700, then Councillor Barbara Steele, just a few dollars behind.

Councillor Dave Woods expensed roughly $12,700, followed by Councillor Tom Gill with about $12,300.

Councillor Judy Villeneuve expensed nearly $11,400 and Mayor Hepner about $11,100.

The lowest spenders when it came to expenses were Councillor Mike Starchuk ($9,000) and Councillor Mary Martin (just over $4,000).

Altogether, more than $50,000 was reported to Surrey City Council in other taxable benefits, including the mayor’s car allowance.

Click here to see the full 2016 report.

Click here to see the full report from 2015.

amy.reid@ surreynowleader.com