65. The municipality shall pay to the mayor, as remuneration for all his services in every capacity to the municipality, and to indemnify him for a portion of the expenses attaching to his office, a minimum annual sum computed according to the population of the municipality at the rate of $0.55 per inhabitant for the first five thousand inhabitants, $0.50 for the next ten thousand, $0.31 for the next thirty-five thousand, $0.14 for the next fifty thousand and $0.055 for each of the others. For computing the remuneration, the population figure shall be increased by the product of 1.25 and the number of vacation dwellings situated in the municipality and used intermittently for recreation purposes as listed in an annual statement certified by the clerk. The difference between the remuneration established on the basis of the increased population figure and the basic remuneration to which the mayor would be entitled without such increase shall not, however, exceed $1,300, nor shall it exceed the amount of the basic remuneration if that is less than $1,300.
Nevertheless, the mayor shall in no case so receive an annual sum of less than $550.
The municipality shall pay for the same purposes to each councillor a minimum annual sum computed according to the population of the municipality at the rate of $0.157 per inhabitant for the first five thousand inhabitants, $0.143 for the next ten thousand, $0.088 for the next thirty-five thousand, $0.04 for the next fifty thousand and $0.016 for each of the others. In addition, the remuneration shall be computed in the manner indicated in the first paragraph, except that the difference between the remuneration established on the basis of the increased population figure and the basic remuneration shall not exceed $390, nor shall it exceed the amount of the basic remuneration if that is less than $390.
Nevertheless, a councillor shall in no case so receive an annual sum of less than $160.
The council shall determine by resolution the terms of payment of such sums, one-third of which shall be paid as an indemnity for a portion of the expenses attaching to the offices of mayor and councillor.
The expenses actually incurred by the members of the council for the municipality must, in each case, be previously authorized by the council. The latter must approve payment thereof upon presentation of a statement accompanied with the related vouchers.
However, the council may also establish by by-law, a tariff to apply whenever such expenses were incurred for an activity or a class of activities carried out in Québec and not for the object of travel outside Québec. Such tariff replaces the previous authorization mentioned in the sixth paragraph. The payment of such expenses shall be approved by the council upon presentation of a statement accompanied with the vouchers required by the by-law.
No other remuneration, allowance or benefit shall be paid to a mayor or councillor unless it has been authorized by a by-law passed by the vote of two-thirds of the members of the council and submitted for approval to the persons entered as owners on the assessment roll and as tenants on the electoral list, following mutatismutandis the procedure prescribed in sections 38 and 39. Such owners, in the case of physical persons, must be of full age and Canadian citizenship. No other approval shall be required.
This section shall apply to all city and town municipalities, even to those not contemplated by section 1 of this act, except the cities of Montréal, Québec and Laval; but the application of this section shall not have the effect of reducing the amount of the remuneration payable to a member of the council under the charter and by-laws of a municipality in force on 1 January 1977, nor of eliminating the remuneration or allowance which may be payable to a mayor or councillor to act as member of an executive committee or as chairman of the council.
R. S. 1964, c. 193, s. 64; 1968, c. 55, s. 24; 1969, c. 55, s. 7; 1974, c. 47, s. 2; 1974, c. 45, s. 4; 1975, c. 66, s. 7; 1977, c. 52, s. 9; 1979, c. 36, s. 60.