One of the things I committed to the residents of East Gwillimbury was that I would always strive for transparency and accountability. I am therefore sharing the details of my 2012 Salary and Expenses here. It also appears as part of my message to residents on the Townâ€™s website.
Here are some further details on the key spending categories. I hope they are helpful in reflecting some of the work I do as your representative on Council:
The main expenditures in 2012 were for participation in a Business & Bandwidth conference on high-speed internet in Northern York Region, an Ontario Nature Workshop on Bioregional Planning for Aggregates, and a subscription to Municipal World magazine.
These are travel expenses & other incidental costs incurred as I carry out my duties as Councillor. The largest item here was $75.62 relating to my attendance at an Ontario Power Authority/Association of Muncipalities of Ontario conference to speak about our Thinking Green Development Standards, and to accept a Conservation award on behalf of the Town of East Gwillimbury.
I participated in several events in 2012, including a Firefighter Retirement dinner, The Family Place Ladies Night, A&B Run for Southlake, LSRCA Foundation Conservation Gala, Dream Halloween in support of 6 York charities, the Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala, Magna Hoedown, and various community dinners and potlucks.
Finally, while it was decided that Blackberries are to be considered a “Corporate Expense”, personally, I think itâ€™s important to disclose that my Blackberry cost $696.21 in 2012.
I welcome any comments or questions you may have.