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Mayor, deputy mayor sound off on audit motions

Posted March 17, 2017

Adjala Tosorontio mayor Mary Small Brett told Free Press Online she is surprised to hear the same councillors who've been critical of the Township's procedural practices in the past are upset that she followed them in relation to their Notice of Motion to trigger a forensic audit.

Ward councillors Floyd Pinto and Bob Meadows have been most vocal about alleged irregularities in mileage expense claims, as well 13 other identified, but not specified, warnings uncovered during investigations into the post retirement benefits matter.

"They are very concerned, rightly so, that our By-Laws be followed accurately and it would have been remiss of me not to have not brought this to Council's attention," said mayor Small Brett via email reply. "I did leave it up to Council to decide whether this should be allowed or not. Council voted (4-3 - the mayor was opposed) to leave it on as a Notice of Motion. I was not blocking it, just following procedure."

Deputy mayor Doug Little, who has also been a target of the councillors' criticism for being part of past councils that approved the various expense policies at the root of ongoing controversies in the Township, told Free Press Online he doesn't believe "there seems to be no explanation or answers, on this heavenly earth, discussed in camera or out, which will satisfy ‎the outrageous allegations being raised."

"If Councillors Kennan, Meadows and Pinto, who spoke in favor of spending thousands of taxpayers dollars, want to hire an independent consultant to do a forensic study of our audited books and procedures then they should personally accept the costs related to these unjustified queries," said the deputy mayor. "It's too bad our Municipal Council chambers seems to have become a court of justice with only guilty verdicts by a minority of elected officials.

"This is not a productive way to operate the business of our Township which is expected by the majority of our residents."

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