Calgary ward expense reports: how councillors are spending their money
The City of Calgary has released details on how much money each city councillor spent in the first seven months of the year.
The expense reports list everything from travel and business expenses — to courses and seminars.
The majority of the money goes toward paying the salaries of their assistants; however, those salaries are not reported.
According to the expense reports, Ward 8 Councillor Evan Woolley has expensed the most so far, followed by Ward 12 Councillor Shane Keating and Ward 9 Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra.
“There was a couple of things that I have spent money on maybe some other councilors would do later in the year,” Woolley said. “We are allocated these budgets to engage our constituents, we have the resources to do this, I’m doing my job that I’ve planned on doing and this is what we’re delivering, this is the work we’re delivering from my constituents so.”
LIST: Ward expenses for 2016, ranked from most to least:
- $24,258 Ward 8 Councillor Evan Woolley
- $16,992 Ward 12 Councillor Shane Keating
- $15,124 Ward 9 Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra
- $13,254 Ward 10 Councillor Andre Chabot
- $13,042 Ward 1 Councillor Ward Sutherland
- $12,842 Ward 2 Councillor Joe Magliocca
- $12,120 Ward 5 Councillor Ray Jones
- $9,195 Ward 6 Councillor Richard Pootmans
- $9,192 Ward 11 Councillor Brian Pincott
- $6,077 Ward 4 Councillor Sean Chu
- $5,920 Ward 14 Councillor Peter Demong
- $5,820 Ward 3 Councillor Jim Stevenson
- $4,217 Ward 13 Councillor Diane Colley-Urquhart
- $3,322 Ward 7 Councillor Druh Farrell
In 2016, each ward was allocated a budget of $283,000.
Council policy requires that business expenses not exceed $14,000 per annum, and that travel expenses not exceed $10,000 per annum.
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