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Election compliance audits under way

(Sept. 25, 2011) Compliance audits of council and mayoral candidates will cost $86,500 and take three months to complete and started in mid-October.

The Toronto firm of Froese Forensic Partners was the low bidder and was chosen to audit the election campaign finances of six candidates in the 2010 municipal election.

The accountants will examine the election finances of Mayor Doug Martin, mayoral candidate Ann-Marie Noyes, and councillors Paul Collard, Don Lubberts, John Hill and Stephen Passero.

The audit process has already cost $10,200 for legal services with another $10,000 expected to be incurred.

The possibility exists for even more expenses if the audit committee recommends legal proceedings as a result of the audits.

The town is obligated to pay for the audits but may choose to recover the costs from the applicants if the auditor finds no reasonable grounds to conduct the audits.

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