Mayor claims more than $18,000 in travel ex­penses

Ex­pense re­ports posted on CBRM web­site

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

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.

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