CALGARY — Supporters of the idea say that keeping a watchful eye over Alberta municipalities’ spending through a civic auditor general would increase efficiency and accountability.
A bill for a such a position, brought forward in the legislature in the spring, will be the topic of discussion for a provincial all-party committee today.
Scott Hennig of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation notes the City of Calgary spends about $2 to $2.5 billion a year.
He says that’s “a big chunk of change — that’s bigger than most of province’s ministries.”
“We can look and say the tax hike is too high but I can’t tell you whether there is fraud or poor control within a certain department,” said Hennig.