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Commissioners could carpool to future conventions

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February 16, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - WALB News 10 is holding Albany city commissioners accountable for how they spend your tax money when the budget is tight.  

Last month, five city commissioners traveled to Atlanta for a 5-day Georgia Municipal Association Conference. All drove to the conference separately and are now asking the city to reimburse them a total of nearly $1,000 in mileage costs.

Monday night, we asked some commissioners why they didn't carpool to save hundreds of dollars.

"Good question," said Commissioner Morris Gurr, "me personally, I'll be honest, it never crossed my mind. Is it something we should possibly look at? Yes.  With these economic times, we have to scrutinize."

Gurr says with different schedules, it could be hard to travel together but carpooling is an option they can look at in the future.

Commissioner Dorothy Hubbard told us she had to stay over in Atlanta for another meeting and she's definitely watching the budget to make sure she's not misusing taxpayer's money.

Commissioner Roger Marietta told us he travelled alone because he went to the conference after and left before the other commissioners.  He also says commissioners often have conflicting schedules.