Mayor Robertson calls for Council expenses to be available on-line

March 22, 2010 | Uncategorized

Mayor Gregor Robertson will be introducing a motion on Tuesday to have the details of Council’s expenses posted on-line for the public to view, in a move to increase transparency and accountability at City Hall.

“Vancouver lags behind other cities when it comes to openness and accountability,” said Mayor Robertson. “In cities like Toronto, you can view on-line a detailed breakdown of each councillor’s local and travel expenses, but in Vancouver, you have to request it.”

A report coming to Council on Tuesday outlines the remuneration and expenses for Council in 2009, but does not provide details on what those expenses actually are. Anyone who wants to see what the expenses are has to request it through the City Clerk’s Office.

“We should be making it as easy as possible for the public to see how City Council spends its money,” said the Mayor. “By posting the details of individual expenses on-line, taxpayers can see what their elected officials are spending their budgets on. Other cities around the world already do this and it’s time Vancouver did too.”

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