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article imageRob Ford attacks councillors expenses, though they've underspent

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 6, 2014 in Politics
Every Toronto area councillor spent well under the ceiling of their allowable constituency services and office expenses for this year but that hasn't stop outgoing Mayor Rob Ford from railing about it. Ford did so on Thursday from his hospital bed.
Because of the election this year, the budget year was from Jan. 1 to Nov. 30 and third-quarter statistics were to be posted after the election, and were. The cap was set at $28,000 in services and office expenses for the year - it was $53,000 but Ford had it lowered during his tenure - and the closest to that cap so far is Scarborough Councillor Michelle Berardinetti, at $23,943.46.
Mr. Ford, who a few days ago began his third round of chemotherapy for his rare cancer, malignant liposarcoma, claimed that overspending, if councillors still under budget can be said to have overspent, was due to them using office money during the election. He may know that is a tactic because he was accused of doing it throughout the election.
"This is not how you respect taxpayer’s hard earned money," Mr. Ford said in his statement from Mt. Sinai Hospital. "Some Councillors spent significantly more in the 3rd quarter, leading up to the election. This gave them a completely unfair advantage as incumbents."
He added that he believes council should "lead by example when it comes to their expenses. We have ended the lavish retirement parties paid for by taxpayers and reduced Council expenses from $53,000 down to $30,000. We derailed the gravy train."
Ford pulled out of the mayoral race due to his illness and ran for council in Ward 2, and won. His brother Doug Ford ran for mayor and was beaten by John Tory. Both brothers are known for costly campaigns, funding them with their own family money, largely gained by their father's business acumen.
Doug Ford had no office expenses listed and is on record as saying that he himself covered his $500,000 in campaign expenses.
Rob Ford, who days ago said his cancer did not respond to the first two rounds of treatments, necessitating the third round. will be mayor until Dec. 2 when Tory takes over. Ford will then be officially named a Ward 2 councillor.
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