CITY region mayor Dan Jarvis has ruled out imposing a “mayoral tax” – after saying he would give his salary to charity.
Mr Jarvis said he planned to stick to his manifesto commitment not to introduce a mayoral precept on council tax, adding: “In the midst of the pandemic there is already a massive financial strain on people and communities across South Yorkshire and I am not going to add to that burden.”
An independent panel recommended Mr Jarvis (pictured), who was elected in 2018 not entitled to a salary as mayor until a devolution deal was signed last July, be paid £80,000.
But the regional mayor, who is also an MP for Barnsley, said he would not be taking the salary.
He said: “It is my great privilege to serve the people of South Yorkshire as Mayor and I have done so unpaid since I was elected in 2018.
“During that time, I have worked relentlessly to complete the devolution deal, secure significant investment for our people, businesses and places and represent our region through the most challenging of circumstances.
“If the mayoral combined authority approves the independent panel’s recommendation, I will continue to serve unpaid.
“When our people and businesses are facing an incredibly challenging time, this is undoubtedly the right thing to do.
“I will use the salary to support those organisations who have helped hold our communities together during the pandemic, and those that make a valuable contribution to our lives in and those that make a valuable contribution to our lives in South Yorkshire.”