But there are a couple of little things in those expenses I wanted to point out as follow ups to some recent discussions here, and to illustrate the Devil May Care approach to spending that this Council has.
First up, there was some question here about whether Dan DiGuilio's road trips to see regional convention centers would cost the City anything. Well, yes, it seems the Mayor does bill the City for those totally unnecessary trips - trips that, so far as I know weren't suggested or authorized by the City Council.
But there on page E-14 of the expenses is this item: Advanced Travel - DiGuilio - Cnvntn Ctr Tour - $114.40. In other words, Dan DiGuilio wanted to take a day trip, and have a meal or two on the road, and you get to pay for it.
Ah, but Dan isn't our only mobile Council member. Page E-14 also includes this item: Advanced Travel - Travel Exp/Downie - $118.70. On the same page, there's also this: Port Angeles City Treasurer - Ec Dev Dinner - Downie - $37.50. Yes, that's right. Pat spent nearly forty bucks of your money, on one meal. I guess that's the City Council's idea of "Ec Dev." Thank goodness Pat's a Mormon and doesn't drink, or that total could have been much higher.
I'm told it tastes so much better if you don't have to pay for it yourself.
Meanwhile, as you know, by the end of the month we're supposed to know if the totally fraudulent PA Untied will be absorbing - I mean merging - with the Chamber, the PADA, the PABA, etc. In other words, things are potentially in flux.
On the other hand, what is never in flux in Port Angeles is the free flow of tax dollars to useless causes. Thus, on page E-36 of this week's expenses, we find these items: Port Angeles Chamber of Comm - Consulting Services - $27,486.47, as well as Port Angeles Chamber of Comm - Consulting Services - $20,886.72. Yes, nearly $50,000 to the Chamber for "Consulting Services." Given how little they do, they should be labeled "Insulting Services."
But, at any rate, be it big or small, in Port Angeles they waste them all.