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article imageToronto Council 2011 Office Expense Report: Doug Ford spends $0

By Andrew Moran     Mar 10, 2012 in Politics
Toronto - The numbers are in. According official numbers from city hall, the Toronto City Councillor to spend the most money in their office expenses is Ward 38 Scarborough Centre Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker. Councillor Doug Ford spent no taxpayer money at all.
What city councillor spent the most Toronto taxpayers’ money? Who spent the least? Did Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s allies stand by their campaign promises of fiscal responsibility and respect for the taxpayers?
The City of Toronto published a list of city councillors’ office expenditures and personal funds for 2011. The Mayor’s Office was also included in the report. Nearly every single councillor spent within the budgeted $30,000, which was one of the first motions passed in this council’s term.
Scarborough Centre Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker was the only one to go over budget and spent the most out of all the city councillors with $31,077.34. He spent zero dollars on personal funds. The city councillor to spend the least of his office budget was Mayor Rob Ford’s brother, Etobicoke Councillor Doug Ford, who spent zero dollars and personal funds of $2,016.68.
Why did De Baeremaeker go over budget? For one thing, he handed out more than $5,000 worth of compost to his constituents, according to a report from the Toronto Sun. The purpose of this expenditure was to “educate people in a very, very inexpensive way.”
He added that he would have been $4,000 under the office budget limit if it wasn’t for the integrity commissioner turning down a $5,000 donation from the Royal Bank of Canada, which would have been used for a children’s skating event.
In total, councillors spent more than $952,000 in office expenditures in 2011.
The total office budget expenses for the Mayor’s Office totalled $44,995.30 and personal funds of exactly $4,000. This number is significantly lower than previous administrations, including former Mayor David Miller’s last term in which his office spent more than $170,000 with zero personal funds.
Below is a full list of of councillors’ budgets in ranking order:
Mayor’s Office: $44,995.30 ($4,000 personal funds)
Glenn De Baeremaeker: $31,077.34
Anthony Perruzza: $29,791.16
Joe Mihevc: $29,685.00
Gary Crawford: $29,590.30
Ron Moeser: $29,567.48
Michael Thompson: $28,968.22
Michelle Berardinetti: $28,217.83
Mike Layton: $28,021.43
James Pasternak: $27,371.28
Pam McConnell: $27,356.44
Ana Bailao: $27,018.39
Janet Davis: $26,248.61
Paula Fletcher: $26,189.30
John Filion: $25,729.99
Raymond Cho: $25,657.15
Mary Fragedakis: $25,577.99
Adam Vaughan: $25,219.31
Cesar Palacio: $25,165.23
Kristyn Wong-Tam: $24,936.57
Chin Lee: $24,068.40
Norm Kelly: $22,561.20
Mary-Margaret McMahon: $22,527.30
Denzil Minnan-Wong: $22,058.99
Karen Stintz: $21,972.04
Paul Ainslie: $21,801.60
Giorgio Mammoliti: $21,785.23
Sarah Doucette: $21,708.62
Peter Milczyn: $21,582.96
Maria Augimeri: $21,019.51
Josh Colle: $20,417.80
Frank Di Giorgio: $20,218.71
David Shiner: $19,452.63
Shelley Carroll: $18,826.19
Mike Del Grande: $17,427.35
Josh Matlow: $16,772.31
Mark Grimes: $16,193.24
John Parker: $15,987.48
Gord Perks: $15,434.40
Jaye Robinson: $15,267.84
Vince Crisanti: $15,161.90
Gloria Lindsay Luby: $12,217.34
Frances Nunziata: $4,311.15
Doug Holyday: $2,717.30
Doug Ford: $0.00 ($2,016.68 reimbursed)
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