A fresh row erupted on the decision to invite Peter Andre to Perth’s Christmas lights switch-on after council leaders refused to say how much they paid him.
Around 20 organisations and individuals submitted a Freedom of Information request to Perth and Kinross Council asking for a full breakdown of fees paid to all acts, including Andre and Boney M.
It said it would not release the figures for fear of a “breach of confidence”.
A spokesman said the contracts signed by the local authority contained clauses prohibiting the release of performance fee information. He was able to confirm, however, that 56,720 was spent throughout the day.
This includes more than 10,000 for a procession led by Santa Claus and street performers, but not the staging and infrastructure costs which came to 30,000.
Last year, the council fully complied with a similar request and revealed it had paid Towie star Mark Wright 7,000 at the 2013 ceremony.
The council also revealed it gave Gareth Gates 8,350 to perform at the Commonwealth Games concert.
While many welcomed Andre with open arms this year, others argued the star was the wrong choice for the city.
The switch-on drew thousands of visitors and was hailed by organisers as a massive economic boost, although many traders said their takings were actually down.
Laura Wilson, owner of Whispers of the Past on George Street, said: “If they held these events on a Sunday when shops are quieter, it could make a big difference.”
Councillor Peter Barrett said the council had been “short sighted”. He said: “It demonstrates a culture of official secrecy has been allowed to take precedence over public accountability.”