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November 27, 2007
Media Advisory - City Councillors only required to report spending
  
CBC News online reported today that, “Toronto city Coun. Rob Ford was formally reprimanded by the city’s executive committee on Monday for not spending enough taxpayers’ money.”

The story goes on to say, “Ford’s refusal to submit receipts and get reimbursed could land him a suspension of his pay for three months.”

Here are the facts:
- the issue that will go before City Council in December is about City Councillors accounting for money spent - personal or otherwise - not a Councillor’s refusal to spend “taxpayers’ money”
- a City Councillor is required, under City policy, to account for expenses related to the running of his or her office
- there is no requirement that a Councillor be “reimbursed” for personal monies spent.

Reports suggesting that any City Councillor would be “reprimanded” for not spending their approved office budget are misleading and false. City of Toronto policy requires Councillors to submit expenses for auditing purposes to ensure they are not spending more than the approved amount of $53,100 annually or receiving money from third parties. Councillors are free to decline reimbursement by the government.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.


Media contact:

Brad Ross, Strategic Communications Division, 416-392-8937, bross1@toronto.ca


 

 

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