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SPENDING AT THE TNRD: The fine art of budgeting expenses

Kamloops This Week readers can peruse five years’ worth of 
Sukh Gill’s TNRD credit card spending via a spreadsheet created by KTW chronicling regional district credit card statements and receipts.
The spreadsheet can be sorted in myriad ways, from amounts to type of expense to vendor — and more.
 To view it, click here.
TNRD spending champagne room
On Sept. 13, 2018, TNRD CAO Sukh Gill expensed nearly $8,000 (including a $1,000 deposit not shown on the receipt) at the Bearfoot Bistro in Whistler, a trendy, high-end restaurant in the village that serves Wagyu beef and is best known for its vodka ice room. A receipt shows the regional district reserved a champagne room.
The receipt also shows the amount spent was to be split between regional district sub-budgets.

Former Thompson-Nicola Regional District CAO Sukh Gill’s credit card receipts detail not only who he spent taxpayer money on, but also at times allude to where money came from within the TNRD budget.

The back of Gill’s receipts include references to “general admin,” “admin meals,” “general legislative,” “legislative meals,” “office supplies” and others, all of which fall under expenditure line items in TNRD budgets.

Some were split between different budgets. For example, a $1,400 “employee recognition” dinner at Goldie’s Flavours of India in October of 2016 was split four ways between administrative, library, planning and environmental health services budgets.

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Kamloops This Week readers can peruse five years’ worth of 
Sukh Gill’s TNRD credit card spending via a spreadsheet created by KTW chronicling regional district credit card statements and receipts.
The spreadsheet can be sorted in myraid ways, from amounts to type of expense to vendor — and more.

To view it, go online to
 https://tinyurl.com/y4ccrtr9.
For hospital district business, the regional district charged the regional hospital district. Emergency operations expenditures went to the province.

KTW analyzed accounts that popped up on receipts.

Here is a summary of all employee expenses for some of those accounts, provided by the TNRD’s finance department:

General and 
sundry spent:

• 2015: $97,061

• 2016: $116,126

• 2017: $81,261

• 2018: $240,875

• 2019: $108,770

Travel spent:

• 2015: $50,972

• 2016: $52,533

• 2017: $52,857

• 2018: $45,018

• 2019: $58,924

Meals and 
accommodation spent:

• 2015: $57,409

• 2016: $59,239

• 2017: $48,933

• 2018: $92,706

• 2019: $86,418

Totals:

• 2015: $205,442

• 2016: $227,898

• 2017: $183,051

• 2018: $378,599

• 2019: $254,112

 

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