A company whose involvement in the Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Poverty caused a controversy at London City Hall is back in the spotlight.
New information shows Sagecomm, which is run by Jeff Sage, a high-level staffer on Mayor Matt Brown’s election campaign in 2014, has seen an increase in business since Brown took over as Mayor. Billings from SageComm to the city averaged $1,665.72 per month (a total of $76,623.26) during the previous council term, which ran from October 2010 to October 2014. Since Brown became Mayor in November of 2014, that number has shot up 35%, to $2,555.37 per month (a total of $48,552.28 to date).
It’s unclear what the billings were for, with the exception of $9,266 that was spent on printing costs for the poverty panel.
“The decision would have been made at the staff level. There would be purchasing policies that need to be followed and it’s at arm’s length from my office,” said Brown when the details of the poverty panel expenses was released last month. “This company has done good work for the city long before I was in office.”
The most recent documents, which have come to light via a freedom of information request from Londoner Mike Sloan, indicate there may have been more money spent on the poverty panel than previously known.
The expense indicated in the previous reports of $9,266 was broken up into two invoices each worth $4,633. One invoice was sent on March 24th, the other on April 1st. Both invoices have the same purchase order number as an invoice sent on February 19th, which was worth $16,243.75.
Brown’s office said he was unavailable for comment on Friday, while Sage indicated via e-mail that he was out of the city and would be available next week.