Mayor steps in on council expenses

<p>Mayor David Miller has asked Toronto’s city clerk to develop a new policy for councillors’ expenses, a day after a look at questionable spending by some appeared in local media.</p>

 

Miller asks city clerk to develop a new policy


Mayor David Miller has asked Toronto’s city clerk to develop a new policy for councillors’ expenses, a day after a look at questionable spending by some appeared in local media.

 

 

"While councillors are ultimately responsible for the expenses they submit, and the vast majority use their budgets appropriately, there is clearly some room for improvement," he said in a statement yesterday.

 


Miller said clerk Ulli Watkiss has advised him she’s having difficulty "enforcing the intent" of the five policies at city hall that govern what councillors can charge to their $53,100 annual expense accounts.



"I’ve asked for a report on how we can correct that by having one clear policy," Miller added. To put that report together, likely in the new year, Watkiss will consult with integrity commissioner Dave Mullan.




















curious claims




  • Some councillors have submitted curious expense claims. For instance, Councillor Sandra Bussin expensed two rabbit costumes for $205.20 for volunteers in the annual Beaches Easter Parade.


 
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