On Monday, Mayor Jim Watson announced an additional $3.9 million in funding for the city’s mayor’s office.
“We’re looking at a lot of different ways that we can support our mayor and his team,” Watson said at the announcement.
“As I said, I’m thrilled to be in office and I’m looking forward to the work that we have to do together.”
The mayor’s new office includes $3 million for staff and $2.5 million for new technology.
The money is meant to fund “operations, staffing, equipment and software, including a new computer system, to support the Mayor’s office.”
In addition, Watson said, the mayor will also get an additional staff member to help with travel expenses.
The mayor will not be able to use the $3 per person increase as an incentive, but Watson said it was something he was happy to give the mayor for helping him get re-elected in November.
“It’s something I was very proud of,” Watson told reporters.
“I think it was important to give him that opportunity.
He’s got a fantastic team.”
Watson’s office was recently praised for its work on the budget, including the $1.8 billion budget for 2017-18.
Watson has also been asked about his office’s work on an “emergency funding” program that would have allowed Ottawa to borrow up to $1 billion for the next three years.
He has also faced criticism for the fact that his office was forced to close its office after a report from the city auditor revealed that the city did not spend enough on its chief operating officer and chief financial officer.
Watson said that when he left the mayor’s post, he was able to focus on other priorities, such as dealing with the city of Ottawa’s health care crisis.
“That’s a tough, challenging and sometimes very frustrating job,” Watson added.
The fact is that the job is not over yet and we have a lot to do.”