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

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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