The cost to Guelph taxpayers for Mayor Karen Farbridge's trade/green energy trip to Germany was approximately $4,000.
The trip was partially paid for by the Transatlantic Urban Climate Change Dialogue, and Farbridge intended to use it as an opportunity to sell Guelph's efforts on district energy systems, carbon emissions reduction, and to see if any German energy/green tech firms are interested in locating operations here.
In response to a question on the Mayor's blog, Kate Sullivan, Farbridge's assistant, wrote this:
"The Transatlantic Urban Climate Dialogue and its sponsors covered the cost of accommodations, some of the airfare, and most meals. The cost to taxpayers for airfare was about $700 each for the mayor and two City employees. Other costs (for train fares, reception costs, host gifts, and meals) totaled about $1900 for all three delegates. So, the total cost to taxpayers is approximately $4000 for the three delegates."
Rob Kerr, the city's corporate manager of community energy, and an unnamed aide accompanied Farbridge to Germany. Guelph Chamber of Commerce President Lloyd Longfield also went on the trip, but taxpayers didn't pay his travel bill.