By David Rider City Hall Bureau Chief Francine Kopun City Hall Bureau Fri., March 22, 2019 Firewood, asparagus, compost and umbrellas are among items Toronto city council members expensed on the public tab in 2018, newly released records show. Office expenses released Friday cover Jan. 1 to Nov. 30, the end of the term for Mayor John Tory and 44 councillors. The new 26-member council elected last October started afresh Dec. 1. Top council spenders were Jim Karygiannis ($55.554.98); Neethan Shan ($51,457.17); Ana Bailão ($49,652.06); Anthony Perruzza ($47,536.56); and Giorgio Mammoliti ($46,819.79). Shan and Mammoliti both lost their re-election bids. The expenses do not include salaries for council office staff, some travel expenses or spending related to extra duties such as TTC chair. The Star did not include councillors who served only part of the year. Article Continued Below Lowest spenders were Michael Ford ($1,476.00); Joe Cressy ($6,127.57); Justin Di Ciano ($16,444.47); Denzil Minnan-Wong ($16,642.05); and Sarah Doucette ($18,544.32). Neither Di Ciano nor Doucette ran for re-election to the smaller council. Many of the biggest spenders paid rent on constituency offices in their wards, while more thrifty colleagues met with constituents in shared space in civic centres and community centres…. Read full this story
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