Council event expense summary release
The City of Calgary has released a report, as requested by Council, capturing event related transactions in a report and published today on Council Accountability (calgary.ca) to improve transparency and data accessibility.
“Establishing and maintaining public trust is a primary goal for The City, both as a government and corporation. Going forward, this new expense report format will be published quarterly in conjunction with the ward reports,” said Carla Male, Chief Financial Officer.
The reported expenses include those related to business conduct, including travel, registrations, meetings, employee events, and recognition. All were incurred by Councillors and the Office of the Councillors during the time frame of October 16, 2017, to June 30, 2021, which is the beginning of the present Council’s term in office until the last reporting period have been captured in the report.
On May 10, 2021, oversight of the Office of the Councillors was transferred to the City Clerk’s Office to leverage Administration expertise and resources, avoid duplication of policy and processes, and provide strategic alignment to other Council support functions already performed by the City Clerk’s Office.
The Office of the Councillors provides dedicated support for Councillors and their Ward Office staff. Expenses on the report are summarized by ward office and Office of the Councillors. Expense totals vary by the amount of event responsibility and attendance.