Coun. Joe Magliocca’s ineligible bills have formally been repaid to the Metropolis of Calgary.
A report on the matter was in entrance of town’s priorities and finance committee on Tuesday.
Final month, town acquired a cheque from Magliocca for $3,762.88. In response to the report, the matter is now resolved associated to town’s investigation.
Total, Magliocca has paid again almost $10,000 to town. His first repayments got here shortly after the Ward 2 consultant confronted backlash following a Postmedia investigation into his bills on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities convention in Quebec Metropolis in 2019.
The report confirmed he expensed excess of another councillor in attendance.
In February 2020, town employed accounting agency PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) to carry out a forensic audit into Magliocca’s bills between November 2017 and July 2019.
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The investigation discovered Magliocca improperly claimed internet hosting bills like meals and alcohol for conferences with different officers, however auditors stated they may not affirm the attendance of a few of these officers. A committee additionally discovered $2,700 in flight upgrades that weren’t according to metropolis coverage.
The expense investigation was referred to the Calgary Police Service, which referred the matter to the RCMP.
Calgary’s mayor stated whereas he’s happy to see the Magliocca expense matter come to an finish, there stay sanctions that he has not accomplished.
“It’s irritating to me as a result of Coun. Magliocca and Coun. (Jeromy) Farkas have each chosen to disregard requests from the integrity commissioner for sanctions, and it bothers me that councillors can get away with that — when you’ve been sanctioned, it is best to take your lumps,” Naheed Nenshi stated.
“It’s good that Coun. Magliocca paid again the cash, however he nonetheless hasn’t apologized publicly.”
Calgary metropolis councillor Joe Magliocca requested to repay $2,700 in flight upgrades
Though Magliocca did concern an apology in February 2020, he has not achieved so because the audit was launched.
Metropolis council included a public apology in an inventory of sanctions levied towards him following the audit.
Council additionally banned Magliocca from submitting any enterprise journey bills till the tip of his time period, and requested he take coaching on metropolis expense insurance policies. Magliocca was additionally reprimanded for his actions.
“This has gone on and dragged on for method, method too lengthy,” Ward 13 councillor Dianne Colley-Urquhart instructed World Information. “We actually must cope with these items in a way more expedited timeline than dragging this out for effectively over a yr.”
Colley-Urquhart was named chair of the co-ordinating committee for the workplace of the councillors (CCOC), which is tasked with addressing points with present expense insurance policies that got here to mild throughout the Magliocca investigation.
The problems recognized within the audit pointed to the necessity for higher readability in metropolis councillor expense insurance policies, improved processes, together with expense approvals, extra enforcement of compliance, higher timeliness for submitting expense claims and extra coaching for councillors on expectations for these claims.
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Within the meantime, metropolis officers have been directed to supervise council bills to make sure they’re according to monetary insurance policies throughout the Metropolis of Calgary.
Colley-Urquhart stated that an replace on council expense insurance policies is predicted within the coming months, and she or he is assured one other state of affairs like Magliocca’s may very well be prevented sooner or later.
“It’s been ugly, however we’re popping out of this in a much better place — with transparency and accountability to the general public — than we’ve ever been earlier than,” Colley-Urquhart stated.
Magliocca’s workplace has not responded to World Information’ request for remark.
–With recordsdata from World Information’ Adam Toy
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