The expenses may have been necessary, but he was irresponsible. He would make reservations and have the county pay registration fees, then not show up. Taxpayers are now responsible for his irresponsibility. Both the city and the county have travel policies in place (Berger even voted for the County policy) of how much they are allowed to spend on travel and reimbursing for expenses that are not covered, like maybe spending too much on a meal. This is supposed to help keep everyone straight. Berger is breaking the rule he voted for.
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