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ONLY ON 3: Barfield travels a lot, but commission costs well under budget

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- There has been talk that New Hanover County Commission Chairman Jonathan Barfield has been traveling a lot and may have caused the county to overspend its travel budget. So we looked into Barfield's expenses.

New Hanover County Commissioners allotted themselves a little more than $22,000 for travel expenses in the 2010-2011 fiscal year. While Chairman Barfield did spend significantly more than other commissioners, it did not cause their travel budget to run over.

According to the county, in last fiscal year's travel budget, Barfield spent more than $7,000. Over the past two fiscal years, while some commissioners only spent a little more than $1,000, Barfield spent more than $12,000.

All-in-all the commission's travel expenses totaled about $14,000 in FY2010-2011, but that was about $8,000 under budget.

Commissioner Ted Davis spent just $87 last year, which was the smallest amount spent among county commissioners. Of course, Davis was away from work for a while after heart surgery.

Commissioner Rick Catlin says the money left over at the end of the year goes back into the county's general fund.

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