On April 15, 2010 City Council approved a 5% reduction in the office expense budget of each Councillor until Nov. 30, 2010. This is because 2010 is an election year so each councillor now has an office expense budget of $46,241.
If you examine the expenses in the last quarter you can notice questionable expenses. Take Kyle Rae from Toronto Centre-Rosedale, he traveled to an International Aids Conference in Vienna Austria.
The conference was from July 19-23 yet his ticket was booked from July 17-31. Basically a week longer stay in Austria ? The final cost to tax payers, $4,615. I am sure we could better spend helping a patient or a charity in Canada.
Sandra Bussin from Beaches-East York managed to donate over $2,812 in just 2-3 months, the donations went to Community Soccer League, Ted Reeve Hockey Association, Dare Art Foundation, Blooms in Motion, Beach Garden Society, East Toronto Basketball Association, The Rotary Club of Toronto Beach, Beaches Advisory Council.
Donating is a good thing in principle but the city has no money so why are they donating it ! Also – wouldn’t you rather choose your own charitable organization ?