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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Councilwoman Laura Padgett says the city’s travel policy needs to be amended. At the council meeting Tuesday night, Padgett proposed changing the policy by stating any reimbursement request that doesn’t meet the travel policy to not be paid, which can then be appealed by the individual. She also proposed requiring members to request in person the use of additional money known as pool money to cover any extra expenses.

Padgett says the national committees she sits on that require her to travel all over the country are worth the thousands of dollars in taxpayers’ money.

“At least the voice of mid size cities like Wilmington is getting heard,” said Padgett. “Now, can I say that we have this number of dollars that came back? No. But, Wilmington was recognized in participating and recognized in being interested.”

Padgett spent more than $5,000 on travel during the last fiscal year, not including the $800 reimbursed by the national committees that she sits on.

“I think it’s my responsibility to make the trips as cheap as possible,” said Padgett. “The only expense I asked for was out of pocket costs for the hotel.”

She asked the audit committee for about $700 to be reimbursed, but her request was turned down.

“If you take the time and effort and get involved at those levels, then the policy says you will be reimbursed for those through an additional fund,” said Padgett.

Padgett took trips to several places around the country including California, Texas, Washington and Colorado, spending more than $2,000 over what she says she was allotted. She says the meetings and trips are essential to get things accomplished in Wilmington.

“But those things take time and they take time in City Council,” said Padgett. “They take time to learn what’s going on and they take time to develop.”

City Council voted to take up the travel policy issue again in two weeks at their next meeting.

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  • GuestLee

    Thanks, Guesty. I had read that previously, but misread Guest999 post to mean that he would vote for Berger/Thompson if they ran again. I stand corrected.

  • guesty

    Thompson is finally going to do New Hanover County a service and said he wasn’t going to run for re-election. I’m thinking it is because with his big mouth and small brain he figured out he doesn’t have a chance to get back in.

  • GuestLee

    Berger and Thompson? Are you serious?

    You’re going to vote them back in because they’re “fiscally conservative”? Did you forget about the lack of anger management, trying to beat up ex-girlfriends, Huggies talk, and calling other commissioners out to the parking lot to beat the sh*t out of them?

    What screw do you have loose?

    “When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil.” ~Max Lerner, Actions and Passions, 1949

  • Guest999

    Laura P. is frugal compared to a couple of our county commissioners…namely Barfield who never met a trip to a 5-star “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” Resort he wouldn’t spend our money on…golf expenses, clubs, naked lady tees and all.

    Rick Catlin and his buddy Barfield racked up how much just on airfare to jetset to Washington DC? They stayed in a rather pricey hotel too, when they could have stayed anywhere. How many stars? Was the holiday inn sold out?

    Was that before or after Barfield went to the west coast for his summer taxpayer-funded vacation?

    Kristi Campos, Jason Thompson and Brian Berger are much more fiscally conservative. At least when it comes to travel on taxpayer dime. I recall Campos paid for her date’s meal when the Wilmington Council and their wives bought the lobster and filet mignon with chocalate desserts on us taxpayers. Thompson I dont recall ever being a big spender on trips or he keeps it well hidden. Berger has paid for his own gas and meals, at least some, saved us thousands by not taking that west coast trip like he could have, and he deserves credit…something your agenda at wway prevents…reporters can lie but receipts don’t…so lets recognize these three responsible travelers. WWAY…stop letting your opinions pass for news…your liberals can work for you and fit right in there when we toss them out of office. Starting with Saffo and Co.

  • voter

    Okay Wilmington,
    Come November 9, I hope we will have seen the last of Padgett and Sparks. Please get out and vote!

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