South shore towns freeze salaries for elected officials

Mercier mayor Lise Michaud (front and centre) and her council.

The south shore towns of Mercier and St. Constant have moved to freeze the salaries of its elected officials for 2014.

Mercier's town council voted Tuesday to freeze the salaries of the mayor and its six councillors, instead of voting itslef a planned 2.3 per cent increase.

Last week, Mercier's mayor, Lise Michaud, made headlines when she made it known that she would donate 10 per cent of her $72,014 salary to charity, and that her council would do the same.

She did so because she thought she was overpaid, compared with the mayor of similarly-sized Beauharnois, who makes only $52,000.

The council of nearby St. Constant decided on a similar move last night, retroactive to the first of the year, in a bit to curb its finances.

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  1. clint posted on 01/17/2014 11:05 AM
    Bravo.....nicely done.
  2. Paul posted on 01/17/2014 11:51 AM
    This is a very nice gesture to help win over the public confidence.

    I challenge the city of Montreal to do the same thing.
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