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Mayor Rob Burton Expenses 2012

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

282.13 — FCM Awards Feb 8, 2012 – Air Fare – Air Canada
50.00 — Women of Halton Action Movement – tickets
65.00 — Halton Region Chinese Canadian – Chinese New Year’s
110.00 — Oakville Sports Hall of Fame – tickets
35.62 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce -lunch with Dalton McGuinty
35.62 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce – lunch with Peter Kent
61.06 — EB Breakfast with Tom Mitchell
50.00 — Canadian Caribbean Association – Dinner/Draw
26.55 — Community Spirit Award – Ticket for W. Burton
65.00 — Club Filipino of Oakville – Dinner Dance
60.00 — Home Suite Hope – 2012 Empty Bowls
30.53 — Oakville Chamber of Commerce – Economic Outlook
871.51 — Total Mayor Burton

Of $3700 per year that Councillors are entitled to spend, Mayor Burton spent $871.51 or 23.6% of his total budget.

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Categories: Council, Election 2014, Finance

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?

Councillor Mary Chapin Expenses 2010

September 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Councillor Chapin Expenses, 2010

Expense Description Expense Amount
FCM Conference- May 28-31 2010 $751.06
Corporate Merchandise $84.89
Interfaith Council of Halton- Breakfast $20.00
Community Spirit Award $30.00
Oakville Chamber of Commerce- Economic Update $25.00
Halton Industry Education $35.00
SNAP- Canada Day Ad $125.00
Breakfast with Mayor & COMAG Chair $26.56
Tim Hortons- COMAG Meeting $122.37
Lunch with COMAG Chair $35.43
Dinner DOSR Small Grp $51.92
Carousel of Nations- Ad $125.00
Oakville Chamber Chair’s Dinner $111.33
Oakville Chamber Breakfast $25.44
Oakville Chamber Luncheon $35.62
Lunch with Jane Clohency/Denise Baker re: Committee of Adjustment $67.40
TOTAL $1,672.02

Of the $3700  per year that Councillors are entitled to spend , Councillor Chapin spent $1672.02 or 45.2% of her total budget.

Categories: Budget, Council, Election 2014

Councillor Tom Adams Expenses 2010/2011

September 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Councillor Adams Expenses, 2010

Expense Description Expense Amount
Ideal Graphics- Letterhead  $              594.00
Metroland West Media Group- Drop-in Sessions Ward 6  $              420.14
Oakville Community Centre for Peace- Donation  $                25.00
Interfaith Council of Halton- Breakfast  $                20.00
International Womens Day  $                45.00
Parking  $                13.50
Mileage  $              629.11
Summer Bash for Literacy  $                20.00
Oakville Chamber Breakfast  $                25.44
Corporate Merchandise  $                34.10
TOTAL  $            1,826.29

Councillor Adams Expenses, 2011

Expense Description Expense Amount
Chinese New Year  $              100.00
Chamber of Commerce- Economic Outlook Breakfast  $                35.62
Chamber of Commerce- Breakfast Meeting  $                30.53
AMO Registration- Media Relations  $              356.16
Media Relations, Travel, Hotel, Per Diem  $              600.10
Mileage  $              312.03
Interfaith Council- Breakfast  $                20.00
SAVIS- Ad in Incredibowl  $                50.00
ServiceOakville- Merchandise  $                41.31
Oakville Arts Council  $                36.02
Canadians in Support of Afghan- Tickets  $                65.00
Oakville Community Centre for Peace- 20th Annual Earth Day  $                25.00
Chamber of Commerce- Annual Chairs Dinner  $              127.20
Oakville Prayer Breakfast  $                20.00
Mileage- July to November 2011   $             236.97
Mileage- November to December 2011  $                52.44
TOTAL  $            2,108.38

Of the $3700  per year that Councillors are entitled to spend ($7400 for 2010 and 2011), Councillor Adams spent $3934.67 or 53.2% of his total budget.

Categories: Budget, Council, Election 2014

Council Meetings decrease 20% in 2012

August 27, 2012 Leave a comment

2012 has seen some accomplishments for the Town of Oakville including bans on smoking in public parks and on tanning beds for those under the age of 18. But how much more could be done?

Over the course of the year, Oakville Town Council will meet 20% less than they did in 2012. The Planning and Development Council, the Administrative Services Committee and the Community Services Committee will meet 24% less than in 2011.

Compared to 2011, this means 14 fewer meetings overall. A 19% decrease.

While the Council calendar shifts every year depending on when certain holidays fall, the current Council calendar marks a significant decrease in comparison to 2011 and previous years.

Figure 1.1, Council Calendar September-January

Meeting Type

2012

2011

% Difference

Council Meeting

6

8

-25%

Planning and Development Council

6

9

-33%

Standing Committee (Administrative Services or Community Services)

6

9

-33%

Site Planning Committee

5

5

0%

TOTAL

23

31

-26%

Figure 1.2, Council Calendar January-January

Meeting Type

2012

2011

% Difference

Council Meeting

16

20

-20%

Planning and Development Council

16

21

-24%

Standing Committee (Administrative Services or Community Services)

16

21

-24%

Site Planning Committee

13

13

0%

TOTAL

61

75

-19%

Council request reports on Canada Geese and Emerald Ash Borer

August 17, 2012 Leave a comment

At the Oakville Town Council Meeting on August 13, Councillor’s requested three reports from town staff:

“That staff be requested to provide a report on the recently implemented “Active Transportation Facilities” along River Oaks Blvd. E including a review of the resultant parking prohibitions.”

“That staff be requested to undertake a review of Oakville’s Canada Geese Program, and investigate other potential control measures and options, including discussions with other municipalities and regulatory agencies to lessen the impact of Canada Geese on Oakville’s waterfront parks and report back by the end of the second quarter 2013. ”

“As a result of our current Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) treatment policy, a number of property owners are requesting that private property owners be offered a rebate if they treat their own ash trees. Staff be requested to prepare a report for the current budget committee with options to refund owners for treatment or prevention of the Emerald Ash Borer beetle.”

Councillor Gittings  motioned for an amendment asking staff to include a cost benefit analysis regarding treatment vs. removal and replanting of the tree.

A further request for report “has been suggested by Councillor Bird” Mayor Rob Burton stated, “that staff be directed to prepare a report regarding the options available to deal with licensing and regulating the tow truck industry in Oakville.”

Ward 4 Councillor Roger Lapworth and Allan Elgar seconded the request.

Categories: Budget, Council