This is Mayor Wallace. Don't want to enter the debate on the budget, but I would like to clarify the statements about my compensation when I was the volunteer videographer, lest anyone get the impression that I have not been truthful in my statements on this issue. Several years ago, the amount of videotaping I was doing rose to 40-50 hours a week, which entailed a lot of personal expense; gas, auto wear, meals, etc. I asked for $500/month as a stipend, which the council approved. They also obviously realized the workload, because they created the position of Public Information Officer. The year following, councl decided against that stipend. I still performed all the work I had done for the previous 5 years. I received a total of $6000 for six years as a volunteer videographer. Should anyone wish to verify this, the records are public at request from the Town of Oak Island.
"Guest says "She sure doesn't mind spending taxpayer money to have a town employee tape every event she shows up at. " I have not asked the PIO to appear at any event. If he has been present, it was his decision.
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