Travel bud­gets

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It seems there is no set bud­get amount for Bay Roberts town coun­cil­lors trav­el­ling to the an­nual Fed­er­a­tion of Cana­dian Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties (FCM) con­fer­ence, which is held all over the coun­try.

Coun­cil de­cided at the beginning of its term to al­low only two coun­cil­lors a year to at­tend and who would go would be de­cided by draw­ing names from a hat. If the money is not used it is ab­sorbed back into the bud­get. In ad­di­tion, coun­cil­lors are al­lot­ted $1,500 per coun­cil­lor, per year, for other travel in­clud­ing the Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of New­found­land and Labrador (MNL) an­nual con­ven­tions, which could run to $800, de­pend­ing on where they are held.

Coun­cil’s li­ai­son for the Ur­ban Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties Com­mit­tee (a com­mit­tee of MNL) — Deputy Mayor Melvin Walsh — gets an ad­di­tional $1,500 a year to at­tend those meet­ings, which are held in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the prov­ince, this year Happy-Val­ley Goose Bay.

For other travel in­side the prov­ince coun­cil­lors only re­quire ap­proval from the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee; while out­side travel re­quires ap­proval from the whole of coun­cil four weeks in ad­vance.

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