Mayor claims more than $18,000 in travel expenses
Expense reports posted on CBRM website
Mayor Cecil Clarke racked up more than $18,000 in travel expenses from January to May of this year.
The mayor’s travel expenses for the months of April and May were posted to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s website this week.
In April, Clarke attended port development meetings in Montreal and Ottawa. The Montreal trip cost taxpayers $1,013.15 in airfare and $986.53 in hotel expenses from April 12-15, but only $13 for meals. The April 19-21 trip to Ottawa involved $954.50 in airfare, $463,24 in hotel costs and $99.06 for meals.
That month, Clarke also billed 941 kilometres in local travel, for a total of $416.21.
In May, the mayor billed a total of $1,956.47. That included $1,002.80 in airfare to attend the National Construction and Building Trades Conference in Ottawa on May 5-6, $458.78 in hotel expenses and $50 for meals. He billed for 658 kilometres in local travel that month, for a total of $291.04.
The mayor has claimed a total of $15,921.92 in travel and conference expenses from January to May of this year. In addition, in January he claimed $2,578.61 for port development travel expenses under a cost-shared agreement with the federal government for meetings in Toronto.
For the same period in 2014, Clarke billed a total of 9,134.53, including $3,750.41 in costshared port-related travel.
The mayor’s travel and conference expenses in 2013-14 totaled $40,438.89,while $49,000 had been budgeted.
Clarke’s travel and conference expenses in 2012-13 totalled $47,182, compared to a budgeted $42,000. From his election in November 2012 to March 2013, Clarke claimed $17,131 in expenses.
On its web page, the mayor’s office has said it would post monthly itemized expense reports following the month in which the expenses are incurred.