Mayoral candidate Rob Ford says taxpayers should be able to check online to see details of the billions city hall spends annually.

As a city councillor, Ford put councillors’ expenses on his own website, a practice that didn’t win him any friends on council, but one the city later adopted. Now he says he wants to shine a light on all of the items in the city’s $9.2-billion annual operating budget.

Since May, Ford has been campaigning hard against what he calls waste and mismanagement at city hall, and highlighting all spending is a new wrinkle in those efforts.

The councillor for Etobicoke North also formally pledged, if elected, to cut councillors’ annual expense budgets to $30,000 from $50,445, slash the mayor’s office expenses by 20 per cent and cut each councillor’s budget for staff to $175,000 from about $200,000. The moves would save a total of about $3 million annually, he said.

Ford also favours a whistleblower protection bylaw to shield city staffers from retaliation for exposing waste, corruption or mismanagement.

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