Councillor wants city to be more transparent about expenses

Coun. Helena Konanz
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PENTICTON - Coun. Helena Konanz is looking to make the city more transparent by publicly posting councillor expenses more than once a year.

It will be easier to answer questions from media and public about expenses on a more regular basis, rather than having to refer to notes from conferences attended over a year earlier, she said.

She’s suggesting the city publicly release councillors’ expenses on a quarterly basis, rather than annually. Konanz will give her colleagues a notice at tonight’s council meeting that the motion will be put forth next council meeting on July 21.

This model was recently implemented by Salmon Arm’s city council and seems to be working well, she said.

She hasn’t spoken to other councillors about the idea yet, but they will have two weeks in-between council meetings to ask questions before the motion is brought to the table again.

“I’ll be surprised if they’d be against it,” Konanz said. “But I’ve been surprised before.”

On July 21 she will make the motion. Once it’s seconded by another councillor, it will be discussed and voted on.

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