How generous will exiting Simcoe County politicians & staff (in county, agencies and townships) be to themselves with our tax dollars?

And will the 32 county councilors (53% who are newly-elected in “stunning reversals“) follow through with their promises of better transparency by publicizing ANY payouts to exiting individuals?

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An interesting article today in the Toronto Star about the defeated Brampton mayor and councillors, Defeated Brampton mayor to receive $375,000 payout:

Susan Fennell, the highest paid mayor in Canada in 2012, will leave her Brampton office with about $375,000 in retirement and pension benefits.

The mayor, trounced in October’s municipal election by former Brampton MPP Linda Jeffrey after an expense scandal, will receive $297,232.26 in a retirement allowance from the city after serving for 26 years, according to Brampton city staff.

Fennell will receive another $23,922.36 in pension benefits, which are paid out by the city to councillors in lieu of a pension, and at least $50,000 more in retirement benefits for her work on the Regional Municipality of Peel Council.

This is called by the mayor-elect Jeffrey a “self-made golden parachute”. In addition to being the hightest paid mayor in Canada in 2012, a Deloitte audit found that staff violated city spending rules 266 times. Lawsuits against exercising freedom of expression continue to highlight the need for oversight over municipal activities.

Last week, Fennell issued a notice of libel to councillors John Sanderson and Sprovieri for remarks they made to the Star about the expense scandal that Fennell claims were defamatory.

The Star was also served with the notice of libel, the second of two threatened lawsuits against the newspaper.

The Star stands by its reporting.

Springwater Township’s council-elect has, especially, increased their business experience and skill level while setting what I think is an appropriate circa-2014 transparency and accountability standard.

The individual ability has been called forward by the electorate across this great county.

  • Will the openness electoral promises be realized within the 16 county municipalities by voluntary disclosure of payouts?
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