Lax Kw’alaams band council remuneration and expenses tops $1-million in 12 months

Former Lax Kw'alaams Mayor Garry Reece received over $200,000 in remuneration and expenses in the last fiscal year.

Figures released through the First Nations Financial Transparency Act show former Lax Kw’alaams Mayor Garry Reece collected more than $200,000 in remuneration and expenses during the band’s past fiscal year.

The filing from the band, posted on Sept. 2, shows Reece’s remuneration totaling $122,500 for the year while he also claimed $87,730 in expenses for a total of $210,230.

The remuneration for other councillors varied over the 12 month term. Coun. Andrew Tait’s remuneration totalled $68,069; Coun. Robert Hughes remuneration came out at $66,564; Coun. Helen Johnson received $54,500 and Coun. Carl Sampson received $51,331 in remuneration. Coun. Geraldine Alexcee and Coun. Chris Sankey each received $50,000 while the other councillors — Stanley Dennis, Barb Henry, Victor Kelly, Russell Mather Jr., Lawrence Sankey and Ted White — each received $45,000 in remuneration.

Expenses for the Lax Kw’alaams councillors varied from a high of $34,500 for Coun. Andrew Tait to a low of $4,489 for Coun. Victor Kelly.

Total remuneration for Chief and Council totalled $732,964 for the 12 months ending March 31 with expenses totaling $343,658, bringing the overall remuneration and expenses for the council to $1,076,622.