The Daily Paper posted a story today which said an internal audit caught some small issues regarding department travel.
Most of the things mentioned by auditor Steve Rehn dealt with late reports and lack of receipts. The big issue that jumped out at the GUARDIAN was a single year jump from $471,300 for travel in 2011 to $600,000 in 2012–26.9%.
While there is no doubt Rehn’s efforts keep city employees in line (only $13 off from what was spent vs owed), the real issue for councilors to look at is WHY the huge jump.
In 2002 taxpayers funded $872,800 in travel. A policy of having the council approve all out of state travel in advance was instituted after those abuses of the Brent Coles administration. However, we can’t recall the council EVER denying travel requests to the mayor or other officials.
According to the Statesman, “No member of the City Council has requested formal action in response to the audit report. So far, managers across city departments have shown they’re taking it seriously, council President Maryanne Jordan said.”
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