Nanaimo Councillors spend on conferences, call display

The City of Nanaimo released the expense report for Mayor and Council for the first six months of 2016. So far, Nanaimo Council expenses total $41,243.07 with half of that spent on attending conferences:

 Annual BudgetTotal Expenses (Jan - June)ConferencesConferences Attended
TOTAL$118,000$41,243.07 $ 21,024.50
Yoachim13,500 4,831.66200.911
Bestwick13,5004,844.81241.301
Kipp
13,500
1,051.49253.411
Fuller13,500 4,706.96253.411
Thorpe13,500 2,038.221,093.702
McKay15,0006,025.784,428.52 3
Brennan8,5005,072.594,045.71
4
Hong13,5006,088.695,092.87 3
Pratt13,5006,582.875,414.67 7

Councillors who attend conferences are not required to present to Council a report on what they learned. Why is Brennan’s budget $5,000 less than the other councillors?

In April, Mayor and Councillors voted themselves a raise.

Internet Usage

Why doesn’t the City give a fixed reimbursement for internet usage per month?  If the City needs to send councillors documents, either provide a DropBox account which can be set up for free or get them to download the information to their computers.  Therefore, there is no need for a councillor to be connected to the internet to read a report.

Call Display

It looks like a lot of councillors want to know who’s calling before they pick up the phone. A regular council-watcher? Let it ring. Is someone pestering Councillor Bestwick? His reimbursement for call display was twice the amount as everyone else. Council has been reimbursed almost $7,600 for six months of call display and internet charges.

Why is the City even compensating for call display in the first place? Most phone companies provide call display free as part of a phone package. For mobile phones there are several caller ID apps that are free including Hiya, Truecaller, Holla and Extreme Call Blocker.

Councillor Fuller gets five stars for not claiming this expense!

 InternetCall Display
Total
TOTAL$6,534.87
$1,059.28
$7,594.15
Kipp 448.71
114.64
563.35
Fuller
770.40
-
770.40
McKay 667.68
114.64
782.32
Brennan
744.72
114.64
859.36
Thorpe744.72
114.64
859.36
Hong757.56
114.64
872.20
Bestwick 680.52
256.80

937.32
Pratt 860.28
114.64
974.92
Yoachim 860.28
114.64
974.92

City Management and Consultants

When can we look forward to seeing a similar expense report for the management at the City?  Also, the BIG question is how much has been spent to date on consultants during this Council’s term?