Supporters like the idea of auditors general for Alberta municipalities

Supporters of the idea say that keeping a watchful eye over Alberta municipalities’ spending through a civic auditor general would increase efficiency and accountability.

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.

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