Local council takes pay cut

bolungarvikBolungarvik Town Council, in the Westfjords of Iceland, has confirmed it is to reduce the wages of its councillors by 20 percent from 1 January 2009. Baldur Smari Einarsson, Independence Party councillor in Bolungarvik, put the motion to the council in response to the difficult financial situation of the Bolungarvik district.

Einarsson said he was pleased the bill had passed, because it was important for councillors to be a good example to other residents.

The savings from the pay cut will be in the region of ISK 1.2-1.5 million per year, MBL.is quotes Einarsson as saying. In addition to the measure, the mayor will also stop being paid a councillor’s wage on top of the mayoral one.

According to Einarsson, the number of monthly council meetings will not be reduced and nor will the council’s services.

Bolungarvik is a town of 905 people some 13km further north from the Westfjords regional capital, Isafjordur.