SURREY (NEWS 1130) – A third Surrey city councillor says she will donate her pay raise to charity after the majority of council members voted for a 2.3 per cent salary increase in a closed council meeting.
Linda Annis joins Jack Hundial and Steven Pettigrew in giving their increase to local organizations.
Annis says the pandemic continues to be difficult for everyone and she would rather have her money go to charity to support those in need.
“And I just feel, as a city councillor, I need to show some leadership and make a donation to support charities right here in Surrey that support residents that may have suffered significantly through the COVID pandemic,” she told NEWS 1130.
Regarding the Mayor & Councillors’ pay raise, I would suggest:
1. Votes on pay raises be held openly not hidden in camera
2. Raises should apply to the next council, not the one voting – to avoid conflict of interest.
This isn’t our money, it belongs to the people who elected us.
— Linda Annis (@LindaAnnisBC) March 4, 2021
“Particularly during this pandemic, when so many people have lost their jobs, who are struggling financially now. We need to pay it back, and we need to make sure that the residents that need help are getting help,” Annis added.
Surrey councillors voted to give themselves a pay hike in January. The report was only recently released to the public, with many parts of the document redacted.
Along with a few sections, three full pages of the report are blacked out.
Because the meeting was closed to public, Annis cannot say how she or anyone else voted.
-With files from Yasmin Gandham