*UPDATE* Is your money paying for Team Toronto's Chicago trip?
Rob Ford is changing his tune about who's footing the bill for a 2-day trade mission to Chicago.
Ever since the trip was announced, the mayor has proclaimed it wouldn't cost taxpayers a thing.
Speaking with reporters in Chicago late Wednesday afternoon, Ford made the distinction that he's paying for his own trip "not costing the taxpayers a dime".
He said deciding whether councillors paying for the trip out of their office budget was a worthwhile expense isn't up to him.
Speaking with Newstalk 1010's Jerry Agar Wednesday morning, Toronto city councillor Michael Thompson said the cost for the trip wasn't coming out of his pocket.
Thompson told Agar, "I'm not paying my own money to go to Chicago on a business trip for Toronto."
He went on to say he thinks he has a budget for stuff like that & staff handed him a ticket & told him to show up at the island airport.
The Mayor's staff in Chicago have told Newstalk 1010 business leaders have paid their own way & the same goes for the Mayor. It's up to the individual councillors to decide on how they want to cover the cost of the trip.
That means when the 7 city councillors come home, they could find a bill on their desks for over $2000. Whether or not they use their office budget & taxpayer dollars to pay, will be up to them.
About half of the councillors in Chicago, have paid their own way out of personal accounts or credit cards.
Councillors Mark Grimes, Peter Milczyn & Jaye Robinson have all footed their own bills.
The staff at the offices of councillors Paul Ainslie, Michelle Berardinetti & Michael Del Grande weren't sure how the trip was going to be paid.
The only "no" so far, comes from Councillor Michael Thompson, who said as much on Newstalk 1010 with Jerry Agar.
VIDEO: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford talks to reporters in Chicago