Council members’ expenses are now public on an online, quarterly, itemized basis rather than the printed, 5 month after-the-year-was-over, annual aggregated basis that had been in place on the city’s website. It’s an idea that I put forward to council quite a while ago – well before being elected – that was adopted.
The majority of expenses are from attendance at regional (SILGA – in Kamloops at the end of April) and the upcoming provincial (UBCM in Vancouver in September) conferences. Council has also decided to sponsor councillors for one attendance per four year term to the national conference (FCM) and the mayor for two FCM conferences per term.
Additionally, there are opportunities for local government workshops. A few of us attended the very helpful Elected Officials seminar (Kelowna) in January. Those expenses are also included as well as insurance/health benefits and smaller workshops/meetings attended as part of our city duties.
The current year-to-date summaries for council for 2015 are here.
Previous YTD expenses for previous years are here.