County travel request brings questions

Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 11:31 AM.

Commissioner Carmen McLemore did not attend any conferences, but the four other commissioners attended the FAC and NACO conferences and the Clerk’s records indicate the county administrator and attorney also attended.

In addition, the five commissioners combined to spend $24,740 in 2011 and $23,413 in 2012 for in-county travel, with Williams and McLemore each claiming at least $6,000 in 2011 in-county travel alone.

In addition, staff travel, in-county or not, totaled $66,579 in 2011 - $26,670 is labeled “Other General Fund Travel” which is paid from the same fund from which commissioners are paid – and $75,937 in 2012.

In 2012, $33,556 of that travel again was labeled “Other General Fund Travel” and was paid from the same fund as commissioners.

That put the narrow travel totals provided by the Clerk, restricted to the three major conferences, in-county and staff travel, at $123,166 in 2011 and $131,458 in 2012.

“I think we need to look at how we can improve on keeping track of expenses,” Bryan said. “I think we need to make some improvements.”

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