Some of council fights city staff over discretionary budget expenses

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In a very heated discussion over budget process and discretionary spending, the main word was “disconnect” that came up over and over.

City councilors Matthew Shoemaker, Rick Niro and Paul Christian specifically were disappointed with what city staff presented on its preliminary budget process and discretionary spending list, not with public works, but with the rest of the city’s inner corporation.

Public Works was used as an example time and again as to what these councilors wanted from the rest of the corporation.

It is not the first and probably will not be the last time these councilors have instructed or been severely disappointed with what city staff has presented to them in the form of budgeting information.

Deputy CAO Tom Vair became the center of a heated argument between him, Shoemaker and mayor Christian Provenzano concerning lack of information concerning his department’s report.

Rick Niro brought up a line from his report stating that parking lot maintenance cost over $200,000 to which Vair could not explain the breakdown.

Niro asked why if public works could provide all of its exact cost breakdowns, could Vair not do the same?

CAO Al Horseman defended Vair and the other departments saying that they do not have the same systems to exact costs as public works does.

This was voted to come back with more information in the form of a new report in the near future.

10 COMMENTS

  1. As taxpayers, we should see every penny, line by line. Books need to balance regardless, so what are they hiding.
    Why are these people getting paid so much and not be able to explain in detail, they don’t use pen & paper anymore. Its all software driven.
    Thank you city councilors Matthew Shoemaker, Rick Niro and Paul Christian for finally having the nerve to do the actual job of a city Councillor, I hope this is just the beginning.
    Time to drain the swamp!

  2. If you don’t have a breakdown how do they come up with a dollar amount? Don’t they know where they are putting money? Or do they go, oh I want this much and I’ll decide what to do with it later? How do you not know cost breakdown for a department? It’s not that difficult. The breakdown of how you came up with the dollar figure is the breakdown!

  3. Why do you think the Ratepayers have been pushing for an Auditor General?
    Provincial legislation now mandates we have one…don’t you think it’s time?
    We know that this will be happening in 2019…We will be pressing hard during this election to where all candidates stand on the issue.

  4. Why do you think the Ratepayers have been pushing for an Auditor General?
    Provincial legislation now mandates we have one…don’t you think it’s time?
    We know that this will be happening in 2019…We will be pressing hard during this election to where all candidates stand on the issue.

  5. Thank you Councillors Niro and Shoemaker for finally having the nerve to do the actual job of a city councillor! Put these people (CAO,Deputy CAO and Mayor) on the spot while holding them accountable for their actions!

  6. Should there not be a total breakdown of all the costs in every department? How else to know what to spend at budget time.

    • Shouldn’t council question staff more about the money they want to spend. I guess they are afraid that if they go against staff, they will be kept out of the loop on other issues. They didn’t question the ex-fire chief and look what happened.

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