Former would-be councillor Grant O'Kane has failed to file his 2012 byelection expenses in time for the March 5 deadline, meaning he's now on the hook for a $500 fine from the city.
O'Kane is just one of nine candidates who ran in last fall's byelection, and is the only one to not file his financial disclosures from the campaign by deadline. As a result, O'Kane has a further 30 days to file his paperwork and must now pay the City of White Rock a $500 fine, according to White Rock's chief election officer Tracey Arthur.
"The campaign disclosures are part of the nomination package so I'm not sure why they weren't filed but every candidate is made aware that it is something necessary to do," said Arthur.
Other than O'Kane, the other candidates, all of whom filed their expenses on time, were Dave Chesney, Megan Knight, Scott Kristjanson, Bill Lawrence, Bruce McWilliam, Pat Petrala, Tom Willman and Graham Wood.
The top spender was the byelection's winner Lawrence at $7,115, which is also the amount he claimed as contributions, followed by Knight at $6,809 in contributions and $5,909 in expenses.
Behind Knight was Petrala with $2,835 in contributions and $2,685 in expenses, followed by Chesney with contributions amounting to $2,759 and expenses $2,739. McWilliam claimed $1,661 in contributions and $1,664 in expenses while Wood reported contributions and expenses at $1,214.
Rounding out the bottom of the pack was Willman, who reported no cash contributions but $420 in-kind and $616 in expenses, and Kristjanson, who claimed contributions of $400 and $346 in expenses.
As of Thursday afternoon, O'Kane still had yet to file his expenses, confirmed Arthur, noting that he now had until April 4, after which he could face further penalties.
"The next step is he has 30 days from March 5 to do a late filing," said Arthur. "I've put in a call to him but have yet to hear back."