Sudbury council debates bus passes, personal expenses

Live updates from tonight's Sudbury city council meeting, starting at 6 p.m.

Sudbury city councillors will try to break the deadlock tonight over a proposed policy on spending their own money instead of billing taxpayers.

City councillor Joscelyne Landry-Altmann wants councillors and the mayor to report when they spend their own money on office expenses. She wants to make sure no one spends more than the allotted budget of $10,489.

In February, council voted twice on this issue, ending in a 5-5 tie both times. They will vote again Tuesday night.

Also on the agenda, is a new three-year deal that will see 6,300 Laurentian University students continue to get a universal transit pass. Under the new agreement, each student would pay $10 more per year, for a total of $174.

This would bring in more than $1 million in annual revenue to Greater Sudbury Transit. But in the past, some around the council table have suggested the city should be making more money from this program.

City council will also do some party planning on Tuesday. Council will vote on the details of the inauguration ceremony that will be held after this October's election. Staff suggest the council chambers may be too small for the event. They recommend allowing the mayor and councillors to only invite 12 people each.

Follow tonight's meeting below with the live blog of CBC News reporter Erik White: