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POLL: Should Councillor expenses be posted online on a quarterly basis?

September 24, 2012 Leave a comment

In Ontario, Councillors of municipalities are required to  post their expenses at least once per year. However, in municipalities such as the City of Toronto or Markham, a detailed report of Councillor expenses are posted on the municipalities website on a quarterly basis (every 3 months).

In Oakville, Councillor expenses are only posted once per year, and the report lacks any significant detail about where taxpayer dollars were spent.

The 2011 report regarding Town of Oakville Councillor salaries and expenses can be viewed here.

In comparison, a detailed quarterly report from the City of Toronto can be viewed here.

As you can see, in Toronto, Councillors are required to report expenses in a variety of categories (telecom, office equipment etc.) However, in Oakville Councillors are only required to report expenses in one category: Community Outreach and Professional Development.

In addition, in Toronto, Councillors are also required to post receipts or invoices from any goods or services purchased with their annual budget allowance. In sharp contrast, if a citizen of the Town of Oakville wanted to view a detailed report of expenses incurred by Town Council, they are required to submit a “Freedom of Information Request”, for which the Town of Oakville charges a fee. The Town of Oakville charges a base fee of $5.00 for each Freedom of Information Request, as well as $0.20 per page in photocopying and $60 per hour for the time that it takes a staffer to search for the required information.
Essentially, you are being charged by the Town of Oakville in order to find out how Town Council is spending your money.

Should the Town of Oakville begin to post a detailed description of each individual expense incurred by Councillor’s on a quarterly basis, or should we maintain the status quo?

Mayor Rob Burton Expenses 2010/2011

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In addition to these expenses, Mayor Burton also receives a yearly “Vehicle and Insurance” Allowance totalling $9000 per year.

Mayor Burton Expenses, 2010

Expense Description Expense Amount
Rotary Club of Oakville- Spring Fling $190.00
Oakville Conference & Board- Charity of Hope $100.00
SNAP- Canada Day Advertisement $125.00
Flight- Canadian Heritage Foundation Award $407.23
TOTAL $822.23

Mayor Burton Expenses, 2011

Expense Description Expense Amount
Halton Region Chinese Canadian- New Year $100.00
2011 Friends of Greenbelt $203.52
Oakville Chamber- Breakfast Meeting $30.53
AMO- LAS Energy Workshops $356.16
AMO Conference- Train Fare $172.99
Oakville Chamber of Commerce- Economic Outlook Breakfast $35.62
West Jet- FCM $424.40
FCM- Halifax $699.00
FCM- Halifax- Hotel, Meals $1,474.48
Childrens Aid Foundation- Stardust Gala $175.00
Oakville Chamber- Lunch with Dalton McGuinty $35.62
CUI- Registration OMB Affront to Democracy or Essential to Maintaining Community Balance $40.00
Halton Multicultural Council $65.00
Community Living Ticket $150.00
CUI- Funding the cost of Municipal Services- Who Pays $40.00
Canadians in Support of Afghan $65.00
CUI- Getting to Green Conference $130.00
Reimbursement- Region of Halton -$966.78
Reimbursement- Region of Halton -$172.99
Club Filipino- Tickets to Dinner and Dance $65.00
Healthy Transport Consulting $357.05
TOTAL $3,479.60

Of $3700 per year that Councillors are entitled to spend ($7400 for 2010 and 2011), Mayor Burton spent $4301.83 or 58.1% of his total budget.

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Councillor Ralph Robinson Expenses 2010/2011

September 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Councillor Robinson Expenses, 2010

Expense Description Expense Amount
Sharper Edge Marketing- Ad in Christmas Songbook & Bronte Village $260.00
Local 793 Union- Tickets for Haiti $200.00
Mileage $1,578.95
FCM Conference- Registration $689.00
Ticket to WHAM Dinner $45.00
Interfaith Council of Halton- Breakfast $20.00
Ticket to CCAH Dinner $55.00
Sharper Edge Marketing- Ad in Bronte Villager $130.00
Dinner Ticket- MOHA Golf Tour $80.00
HMC Dinner $60.00
Oakville Arts Awards $60.00
Music for Ralph and Alan- Nancy Cipollone $150.00
Cheetah Mobile Signs- Ice Cream Event $79.50
Rotary Club of Oakville West- Spring Fling $95.00
FCM Conference- Hotel, meals, travel $1,569.48
SNAP- Canada Day Advertisement $125.00
CJ’s Café Bronte- Advertisement $100.00
Oakville Merchandise $66.78
Oakville Prayer Breakfast $40.00
Carousel of Nations- Advertisement $250.00
Oakville Chamber Chairs Dinner $111.30
Sharper Edge Marketing- Bronte Village Summer 2010 Edition $130.88
Sharper Edge Marketing- Bronte Village Winter and Christmas Songbook $264.58
TOTAL $6,160.47

Councillor Robinson Expenses, 2011

Expense Description Expense Amount
Oakville Chamber of Commerce- Breakfast $35.62
Lakeshore Woods Community Newsletter $81.41
FCM Conference $618.58
FCM Conference- Air fare $344.09
FCM Conference- Hotel, meals, local travel $1,689.60
Mileage $60.50
Sheridan Institute of Technology- Tickets $40.00
ServiceOakville Merchandise- Lapel pin & mug $4.43
Halton Multicultural Council- Tickets $65.00
Lakeshore Woods Community Newsletter- Spring $81.41
Lakeshore Woods Cleanup- House of Wings $50.00
Music for Ralph and Alan- Nancy Cipollone $150.00
Oakville Arts Council- COGECO Stars Among Us $36.02
Bronte Villager Spring 2011 $132.29
Cheetah Mobile Signs- Ice Cream Event $77.29
Bronte Villager Summer 2011 $131.32
Sponsorship for Canadian Carribean $175.00
Ice Cream with Alan and Ralph $10.14
ServiceOakville Merchandise- 3 Bic Pens $2.76
TOTAL $3,785.46

Of $3700 per year that Councillors are entitled to spend ($7400 for 2010 and 2011), Councillor Oliver spent $9945.93 or 134.4% of his total budget.

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Councillor Fred Oliver Expenses 2010/2011

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Councillor Oliver Expenses, 2010

Expense Description Expense Amount
Community Spirit Award Tickets $30.00
Photos $1.25
SNAP- Canada Day Advertisement $125.00
Indigo Books & Music- Beyond the Bubble $23.94
Contribution Christmas Dance -$72.00
Oakville Merchandise $2,609.38
TOTAL $2,717.57

Of $3700 per year that Councillors are entitled to spend, Councillor Oliver spent $2717.57 or 79.9% of his total budget.

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Councillor Roger Lapworth Expenses 2010/2011

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Councillor Lapworth Expenses, 2010

Expense Description Expense Amount
Ward 4- Drop In Sessions $311.40
Interfaith Council of Halton- Breakfast $20.00
Local 793 Union- Tickets for haiti $200.00
Community Spirit Award Tickets $30.00
Reimbursement for Tickets -$125.00
Oakville Chamber of Commerce Chairs Dinner $254.40
Oakville Prayer Breakfast $20.00
Mileage $364.10
TOTAL $1,074.90

Councillor Lapworth Expenses, 2011

Expense Description Expense Amount
Oakville Chamber of Commerce- Breakfast $30.53
Canadian Carribean Association- 3 Tickets $45.00
TOTAL $75.53

Of $3700 per year that Councillors are entitled to spend ($7400 for 2010 & 2011), Councillor Lapworth spent $1150.23 or 15.5% of his total budget.

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Councillor Jeff Knoll Expenses 2010/2011

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Councillor Knoll Expenses, 2010

Expense Description Expense Amount
Ward 5 Tree Lighting $265.14
Interfaith Council of Halton- Breakfast $20.00
Ward 5 Drop In Session $739.89
Municipal World- Subscription- 1 year $49.50
Oakville Chamber Chair’s Dinner $111.30
Noise Exemption Permit 114582 $75.00
Canada Post $569.89
Facility Booking Permit $296.82
Road Closure Permit $51.00
Ward 5 Movie Flyer $427.39
Oakville Merchandise- Golf Shirts $23.95
Ward 5 Flyer Mailing $152.64
Greeting Card Advertisement $95.00
Letterhead $261.52
TOTAL $3,139.04

Councillor Knoll Expenses, 2011

Expense Description Expense Amount
Ward 5 Tree Lighting $249.64
Event- Town Hall- Feb. 12 $251.56
Pat’s Party Rentals $241.38
Ad in Oakville Beaver $96.67
Magnetsigns Halton- Tree Lighting $82.72
Ward 5 Drop In Sessions $630.56
Municipal World- Subscription Renewal $56.11
ClickFix.com- Constituent Support $360.00
Municipal World @AMO- 2 books $51.45
Strategy Institute Inc. $859.87
Permit- Oak Park Fall Fair- 50% Share $26.00
Permit 34342- 50% Share $354.98
ServiceOakville Merchandise- 50 Lapel Pins $8.75
ServiceOakville Merchandise- 1 fleece jacket $33.11
Town Hall Rental- Scouts Canada $336.45
TOTAL $3,639.25

Of $3700 per year that Councillors are entitled to spend ($7400 for 2010 & 2011), Councillor Knoll spent $6778.29 or 91.6% of his total budget.

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Councillor Max Khan Expenses 2010/2011

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Councillor Khan Expenses, 2010

Expense Description Expense Amount
Ideal Graphics- Letterhead $751.96
Ward 6- Drop In Sessions $420.15
Interfait Council of Halton- Breakfast $20.00
Local 793 Union- Tickets for Haiti $200.00
FCM Conference $689.00
Dynamic Distribution- Letter/Magnets $549.97
AMO Registration $590.00
Coursel of Nations- Advertisement $125.00
Oakville Chamber Annual Chairs Dinner $111.30
AMO Conference- Windsor- Travel, Hotel, Meals $951.88
Club Filipino of Oakville- 2 Tickets $120.00
Oakville Prayer Breakfast $20.00
Reimbursement to Town for Overage -$849.26
TOTAL $3,700.00

Councillor Khan Expenses, 2011

Expense Description Expense Amount
FCM- Halifax $806.04
West Jet $724.23
FCM- Halifax- Hotel, Meals etc. $419.16
AMO Conference Registration $595.00
Halton Womens Place $150.00
ServiceOakville- 42 mugs $171.36
Sponsorship for Canadian Carribean $175.00
AMO Conference- Aug 21-24- Travel, Hotel, Meals $852.59
Reimbursement to Town for Overage -$193.38
TOTAL $3,700.00

Of $3700 per year that Councillors are entitled to spend ($7400 for 2010 & 2011), Councillor Khan spent $7400.00 or 100% of his total budget.

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