Sudbury city council faces off over arena, expenses

Sudbury city councillors will be following the money at Tuesday night's meeting, with the big topics on the agenda dealing with the spending of tax dollars. Read and comment on live updates, starting at 6 p.m.

Sudbury councillors to vote on plans for new arena, changing councillor spending rules

Follow CBC News live blog below for updates from Sudbury city council's Tuesday evening meeting. (Yvon Theriault/Radio-Canada)

Sudbury city councillors will be following the money at Tuesday night's meeting, with the big topics on the agenda dealing with the spending of tax dollars.

The biggest dollar figure on the table is tied to replacing the 62-year-old Sudbury Arena with a new rink, estimated to cost between $40 and $70 million. Councillor Fabio Belli is pushing for those plans to be sped up, so that a decision can be made this fall and construction can begin in the spring.

Belli has a second motion on the floor, calling for changes to the controversial healthy community funds, which give each councillor $50,000 a year to spend in his or her ward. Belli said he wants that money to only be spent on city recreation projects, rather than donations to community groups and festivals.

City councillor Joscelyne Landry-Altmann also has a motion dealing with money councillors get to spend. Each Greater Sudbury city councillor is allotted $10,489 to spend on office expenses. But Landry-Altmann wants public expense reports to also include when councillors decide to pay for business costs themselves, rather than billing taxpayers. 

Get blow-by-blow updates of tonight's meeting through CBC News reporter Erik White's live blog:

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