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LILLEY: Cities look at savings while school boards take a pass

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Municipalities across Ontario are taking up the provincial government’s offer to help fund line-by-line audits to find savings — unfortunately, school boards don’t seem interested.

Back in May, Premier Doug Ford announced a $7.35 million Audit and Accountability Fund.

“Our government is ready and willing to roll up our sleeves and work with anyone who shares our priority of returning Ontario to fiscal health,” Ford said in a statement on May 21, 2019.

While 90% of eligible municipalities were willing to take part, only 2 school boards across the entire province opted to take the provincial government up on the offer — the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board and Trillium Lakelands District School Board based in Lindsay.

In total, the province said they would fund audits for up to 10 school boards that chose to participate.

That only two chose to take up the offer is more than a little sad.

Most of the province’s spending — 90% in fact — is actually carried out by municipal governments, various health agencies and school boards.

That only two school........

© Toronto Sun