City not forthcoming with legal costs of Brian Skakun trial
Reams of newspaper articles, hours of discussion and plenty of opinions followed in the wake of Coun. Brian Skakun disclosing documents revealed in-camera to the public, all of which resurfaced every time the matter made its way either through court or was discussed in council.
However, what has not yet been revealed is the legal cost paid by the city for those trials, which included an appeal by Skakun when council moved to impose sanctions and censure on him after he was fined $750 for his actions.
At this point, the decision of whether or not to disclose those numbers lies in the hands of city manager Derek Bates, according to Mayor Shari Green. It has been reported that Bates has refused to make the amount public.
Green said administration will follow the directives of council should that body choose to request the numbers be made public.
However, she would not comment on whether or not that matter is currently under discussion.
Skakun, for his part, is alleged to have paid in the neighbourhood of $20,000 for his legal defence. Some of that money was raised through supporter’s donations.