City of Regina releases expenses of mayor and councillors
The City of Regina has released the detailed expense list of the mayor and city council.
The recently-posted information to their website is an apparent about face from two weeks ago. That's when a story from the Leader Post revealed that it would cost $3,000 to get the expense numbers.
On Monday afternoon, the City of Regina posted the list on its website for free.
Each councillor is kept to an annual allowance of just $5,000, but Mayor Pat Fiacco's expenses in 2011 totalled more than $64,000. The biggest item was the mayor's State of the City address, which cost more than $26,000.
Some of the mayor's other expenses include the lease for his car, travel costs to conferences, and season tickets to a few sports teams. Those include both the Regina Pats and the Saskatchewan Roughriders, as well as the Montreal Alouettes, which stemmed from a bet Fiacco made with Montreal's mayor over the Riders last Grey Cup appearance.
The document contains 22 pages, well short of the over 5000 the city originally said was needed to fulfill the newspaper's freedom of information request. Receipts and detailed invoices are not posted in the online report, but the city's Alyssa Daku said that can be added if there's enough public interest.
"I think what you'll see at this time is that the level of detail that we've provided provides a detailed accountability of the spending."
Edited by CJME's Courtney Mintenko