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June 7, 2002
Mayor lauds report's findings
Mayor Mel Lastman today thanked City Auditor Jeff Griffiths for bringing
contract irregularities in the development of Toronto's new tax and water
billing systems to light.

"I work hard to protect the taxpayers' dollars and I know Council does too,"
Lastman said. "Our obligation is to ensure City staff does as well. We have to
be able to rely on staff to administer these contracts and to do so

Lastman said he was disappointed to learn that the system had failed in at
least two instances. In a confidential report to the Audit Committee, Griffiths
said the City employed two U.S. software consultants for several years without
tendering their contracts and paid their expenses without requiring receipts.

Lastman thanked the auditor and the CAO for their diligence and said he hopes
they implement all of the necessary improvements.

"These findings are precisely why I want an auditor general and a strong
internal audit function for the City of Toronto," he said. "I look forward to
the recommendations of the Audit Committee on this matter."

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