Saturday, October 23, 2010

Gunning For Per Diems

Washtenaw County Commissioner Leah Gunn, D-Ann Arbor, is calling for an end to the payment of "per diems" to county commissioners for attending meetings. A report by the county clerk recently determined that more than $26,000 in per diem and mileage payments collected by county commissioners from 2005 to 2009 were either ineligible or questionable. $175 of those expenses belonged to Gunn, who said today she is mailing a check to the county clerk for $175. "I do not wish to have my good intentions and my integrity brought into question on a minor matter such as this," she said, adding: "It is my intention to resubmit my resolution from 2009 that commissioners shall no longer receive per diems, travel money or mileage. This will be part of a package that being organized by the chair of the board. It will eliminate the Money Purchase Pension Plan (for commissioners) and will reorganize and possibly eliminate various boards and commissions of the county." Read the story here.

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