Quarterly reports of Oakville Council Community Outreach and Professional Development expenses now available online

Monday, October 29, 2012 – for immediate release

Quarterly reports of Oakville Council Community Outreach and Professional Development expenses now available online

As part of Oakville’s commitment to accountability and transparency, each Member of Council’s Community Outreach and Professional Development (COPD) expenses will be posted quarterly on the town’s website. The first online record of Council COPD expenses can now be found on the 2012 Members of Council COPD page.

“I was inspired to move forward with this proposal following a conversation with my counterparts at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference earlier this year,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Oakville has always been committed to the full disclosure of individual Members of Council’s COPD expenses. We’ve simply made access to this information easier and more convenient for residents.”

According to the August 30 report brought forward by Mayor Burton and approved by Council on October 9, COPD expenses have always been available to the public by request. Posting the expenses online eliminates the need for official requests and will now be considered routine disclosure as part of Oakville’s government transparency goals.

Each Member of Council’s discretionary COPD expense account has an annual limit of $3,700. The quarterly financial reports include COPD expenses for education/training, participation in community events, ward business, sponsorship opportunities, and the purchase of corporate merchandise.

For more information about Oakville Council please visit the Council page.

Media contact:

Janine Ivings
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3005
jivings@oakville.ca


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Quarterly reports of Oakville Council Community Outreach and Professional Development expenses now available online