Magliocca’s ineligible expenses grow as council committee says he should reimburse flight upgrades

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Expenses Coun. Joe Magliocca inappropriately billed to the city now total nearly $9,000 after a council committee examined his flight costs Tuesday.

Magliocca has already voluntarily repaid $6,220.66 to the city this year. He initially repaid all his alcohol-related expenses since the last election as well as many of his hosting receipts after Postmedia reported that 10 people he listed having meals and drinks with at a 2019 conference said they never sat down with him.

In July, a forensic audit of Magliocca’s expenses dating back to 2017 determined that he had inappropriately expensed $5,657 in hotel costs, meals and hosting. But a little more than $10,000 were still in question, including $8,866.73 in flight upgrades — Magliocca booked business or premium class on seven flights between November 2017 and September 2019, even though council policy says economy fares are normal unless they’re unavailable.

Magliocca told the auditors that he would be willing to reimburse the difference between his costs and the average airfare other officials paid. A city report presented Tuesday says that total comes to $3,294.25.

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