Ottawa – Following through on Mayor Jim Watson’s campaign commitment to increase transparency and accountability at City Hall, office expenses for City Councillors, the Mayor’s Office and those of senior management will now be posted online.

“We have to set a higher standard when it comes to shining the light on how hard earned tax dollars are being spent,” said Mayor Watson. “I am thankful Council voted unanimously to open up our books, helping to fulfill an important commitment I made during the election. But more importantly, I am grateful that a new level of openness has come to City Hall.”

In December 2010, City Council approved the development of a new accountability framework calling for the posting of expenses online as well as future steps to create a lobbyist registry; a council code of conduct and an integrity commissioner.

Starting today, and for the first time in the City’s history, residents will be able to visit ottawa.ca to see how their money is being spent. Expenses will be updated and posted every month.

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