Vancouver city councillor Melissa De Genova wants to know why former city manager Penny Ballem’s severance is over a half million dollars, and she wants to know where it’s coming from.
“Those are Vancouver citizens’ tax dollars. That’s Vancouver’s money.”
Outgoing city manager Penny Ballem’s severance is still shocking to De Genova.
She’s expected to table a motion next Tuesday to find those details, and outline severance positions in all future contracts.
“We’re running lean here at city hall, and it’s very concerning to me where this money is going to come through in the budget.”
De Genova says after hearing the concerns of businesses and taxpayers since Ballem’s dismissal, her motion next week focuses on eliminating similar severance packages in the future.
She’d even be open to a review of salaries like her own.
“Maybe city councillors look at taking a little bit from each off their paycheque. I’m not sure that all of my fellow city councillors would agree with me on that, but there’s a bottom line here and it affects the citizens of Vancouver and it affects me as a city councillor.”
“All of us as Vancouver city councillors when that review comes back to us need to seriously consider that. We need to consider Vancouver taxpayers and put them first as we all promised to do during the election and I’m prepared to move forward if my colleagues are.”
She’d like to see any money saved go right back to businesses and taxpayers