KAMLOOPS — The City of Kamloops annual Statement of Financial Information has been released, showing a $6 million rise in the city's payroll for 2015.
Of the city's staff, 293 made more than $75,000 last year. up from 256 the year before. 172 of those workers made more than 100,000 an increase from 82 in 2014. Finance director Kathy Humphrey says the jump in employees making over $75,000 is because of an additional payday in last year's calendar, something that tends to happen every 8 or 9 years.
"City employees are paid every 2 weeks and 2 weeks doesn't divide evenly into a calendar, so this year the way the paydays fell, the first was January 2nd and the last was December 31st, so this particular report just shows the actual pays that people received throughout the calendar year, and that extra pay accounts for almost 4% change from year over year," says Kathy Humphrey, City of Kamloops Finance Director.
City workers aren't the only one's earning big bucks. Of Kamloops Fire Rescue's 134 employees, 117 made more than $100,000, up significantly from the 48 employees in 2014. Another five made more than $75,000.
"The firefighter contract was settled and the retro payments were paid in 2015, they had been negotiating the contract for quite a while so we made retro payments from 2012, 2013 and 2014 in this past year, so you can imagine for a full-time firefighter that's been working that whole time it was a fairly significant retro payment for them," says Humphrey.
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