Friday, August 13, 2010

Beams Bogus Bluster

After looking behind the curtain on the "$800 Million Unfunded Mandate" proferred by the Republicans, I think it is time to look into the second big splash of the LWV Candidate Forum: Dr. Beams's accusation that Greg Fox has the highest expense reports on the Council.

Just as with OPEB, the statement is true, but not as it seems.

Council members are reimbursed for mileage.  That's it.  Not meals.  Not hotels (except MACo).  Not hourly driver fees.  If a council member drives to a constituent event or community meeting in their District, our County code permits them to seek reimbursement for that mileage.  The appropriateness of this reimbursement may be debated, but what is not up for dispute is that Greg Fox's District is three times the geographic size of any other District.  Seeing that mileage is the only thing that Greg could seek reimbursement for, it would seem unfair to single him out for having the largest number of expenses (and from what I hear, the difference is slight). 

I think this was a cheap shot.  Maybe you see it differently.