It appears our commissioners haven’t accepted the fact that they are employees of the taxpayers of Buncombe County.
Their travel allowance was just reduced from $650 every two weeks to $320 every two weeks, which is still unacceptable. Chairman Gantt wants the commissioners to be paid for the average miles they travel “as long as it’s not too far out of line.” He also stated, in an interview, “the new allowance might not cover the cost of going to the many events the commissioners feel pressured to attend."
Hello! A mileage log pays for all their trips, even the 200 to 250 meetings he said he attends each year. They should be paid for the exact number of miles they travel; no more, no less. That would be acceptable. They are exhibiting pure selfishness and greed.
In the last two years, the commissioners have received a total of $214,500, or $42,900 each in travel and technology allowances! For the next two years, even with the recent reduction in allowances, they will still receive $89,700, or $17,940 each. These are perks, not salaries, and this is still unacceptable.
There are many upcoming political conventions and meetings, which some or all of the commissioners will be attending, and gas and plane fares will be exorbitant. We must see frugality in the commissioners’ expenditures. And we must see fair and honest reporting of, and payment for, the actual expenses. My suggestion is to post online every meeting any or all of the commissioners attend. And they get paid by using a mileage log.
— Peggy T. Bennett