It's budget time for city and town councils across northeastern Ontario — and some politicians are looking to trim or freeze their own paycheques.

During her 2010 campaign, Marianne Matichuk said she would freeze the salaries of Sudbury city council.

Early on in her term, she did still occasionally mention plans to table a pay freeze motion.


Greater Sudbury Mayor Marianne Matichuk

But recently, Mayor Matichuk said it's up to city councillors and municipal employees to make that decision.

"It's a personal choice," she said. "So someone in my office might say I wanna freeze my wages and take one for the team too."

Matichuk is freezing her own pay for 2013 and will return a couple thousand dollars to city coffers.

Council work ‘not a financial venture’

In North Bay, city councillor Mike Anthony has been pushing for a few years for all city politicians to deny the annual increase.

He said councillors who argue they are overworked and underpaid, might be in it for the wrong reasons.

"You're doing it because you want to be involved," Anthony said.

"It's definitely not a financial venture in this city."

Anthony admits a council pay freeze is mostly symbolic, as it would only save taxpayers a few thousand dollars.

Mayor’s pay docked by councillors

In Bruce Mines, three councillors have voted to cut their mayor's pay because they don't think he's doing a good job.

Last month, town council voted to cut Mayor Gordon Post's monthly honorarium from $575 to $400 — the same amount earned by councillors.

Post said he can't go into the specific concerns of the councillors, as they were discussed during an in-camera meeting, but said he doesn't agree.

"I didn't feel it was fair," he said.

"When one looks around, there's no written job description for the mayor's position. So I felt I was doing the kind of job I wanted to do."

Post said he is considering legal action as well as the option of quitting as the Mayor of Bruce Mines.

Calls to the three town councillors made by CBC News were not returned.