Former Councilwoman Janice Keating reportedly billed the taxpayers for driving from her home to City Council meetings. Her expenses averaged $5,059 a year from 2007 to 2009.
The Modesto Bee reported on Wednesday that City Councilman Garrad Marsh wants the city to routinely shed light on the expense claims City Council members charge for everything from mileage to business lunches.
From the Modesto Bee story on Wednesday:
“I think there has been abuse over the past couple of years,” Marsh said. “(Keating’s) expenses were more than the other five council members combined.”
Keating told The Bee the claims reflected the work she put into her elected position, some of which included extra assignments from Mayor Jim Ridenour to meet with the public and represent the city at regional conferences.
Her cell phone charges are different from her former colleagues. Three of them had city-issued Blackberry phones, and that keeps costs in check.