Wilm. City Council changes travel policy after outcry

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington's audit committee met earlier this month to review the travel policy for Wilmington leaders. Tuesday night, council members voted to follow the committee's recommendations.

"The travel policy for the council will also now be looked at every year by the audit committee, and I think that's just a checks and balances way for us to keep up with what's going on," said City Council Member Kristi Tomey.

The committee recommended that the city no longer pay for spouses who travel with city council members out of town. Tuesday, council members voted that idea into the new travel policy. Spouses will now be responsible for their own accommodations.

The new policy also says the council members will get a yearly travel allowance. They will have to limit their expenses to that amount.

The call for change came after Wilmington City Council members, the mayor, and some of their spouses spent $19,000 in taxpayer money when they traveled to Washington D.C. in February.

The City Council also dealt with one other money issue, the 2009-2010 budget. Council members gave their final approval to the budget that was reduced by nearly $6 million.

The budget does not include a tax increase for city residents.

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