Brampton Taxpayers, Councillors Demand Probe into Secret $1.2M Staff Fund
Brampton taxpayers and city councillors are demanding a police investigation into possible criminality behind a secretive program authorized by senior staffers that paid non-union employees $1.25 million without council’s knowledge or approval going back to 2009.
“The whole administration in Brampton has become a joke,” said Regional Coun. John Sprovieri, as questions mount about who was behind and benefitting from the secretive payments that handed out discretionary salary increases to 167 non-union city employees — including bonuses for “favouritism” — between Jan 1, 2009, and May 14, 2014.
“Council did not authorize these payments and staff took the money without proper approvals and that to me is no better than someone taking money out of the cash (register) when nobody is looking,” Sprovieri told The Guardian.
“This merits an investigation because basically staff took money that was not approved."
The news last week led to a flood of calls and emails to The Guardian and social media posts by Brampton taxpayers demanding a police probe. Responding to the public outcry Sprovieri said, "I think we should call in the cops to see if this was fraud and whoever was responsible for approving this should be brought to justice.”
He added that many in and out of city hall are still angry over senior staff’s mishandling of a half-billion dollar downtown development deal that's hanging over the city like a dark cloud. Now, with questions boiling over about who at city hall knew of the secretive $1.25 million payment scheme authorized by senior bureaucrats who kept elected officials in the dark for years, Sprovieri said he will seek council’s support for a police force other than Peel's (to avoid any appearance of a conflict) to investigate possible criminal wrongdoing.
Brampton's Mayor Linda Jeffrey has also come under criticism for her relentless support of Islamic prayer in public schools which legal experts claim actually violates the human rights of everyone else. Her support of M-103 (the wildly unpopular Islamophobia motion) has also been criticized by Canadians.
Something is very wrong in Brampton.