Bowman, councillors come in under budget for office expenses
Mayor Brian Bowman was able to spend up to $1,862,503 on office costs in 2017 but wound up $267,409.38 under budget.
That’s the gist of an audit report now posted on the city’s website.
The report says the total budget includes $1,190,509 for the mayor’s office, $450,000 for civic initiatives, $113,994 for promotions and$108,000 for protocol.
Overall, the report found the expenses were in compliance with the mayor’s spending policy “in all significant respects.” The unexpended funds will be returned to the city’s general revenues.
Bowman couldn’t be reached for comment Friday. In an email, his office noted that the report marks the first time mayoral office expenses have been audited at the City of Winnipeg.
“As you know, the mayor has put a particular focus on increasing openness and transparency and has led by example by initiating the first mayor’s office expenditure policy,” wrote spokesman Jeremy Davis, in an email. “Audits were not even possible before this because there was no policy to audit against.”
Davis noted Bowman has returned a surplus from his office budget to general revenues each year he’s spent in office.
Meanwhile, the councillors’ ward allowance report for 2017 found those elected officials were also largely in compliance, despite some confusion over how one executive assistant’s salary was reported.
The ward allowance fund provided $1,228,860, or $81,924 per ward, that year, an online report notes. Councillors underspent that allowance by a combined $60,499, which will also be returned to general revenues.