Spring addressed the issue of reimbursements in the emails, saying there was “no smoking gun.” (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -
Dr. Ted Spring, president of Cape Fear Community College, has returned the rental car he's been driving.
This move comes in the wake of a WECT investigation that found Spring was receiving mileage reimbursements on the car he got for free and did not have to pay to maintain.
By our calculations, Spring was profiting at least 40 cents a mile to drive a Ford Fusion provided to the college through an arrangement with Enterprise Rental Car.
The IRS approved reimbursement rate for driving your personal vehicle is 57 cents a mile, but that accounts for expenses like wear and tear, maintenance and car insurance.
Since Spring's only cost for driving the rental car was gas, Spring's mileage reimbursement rate from the college far exceeded his actual expense.
Spring says CFCC has now lowered its reimbursement rate for situations like his.
While some college presidents get a car or car allowance as part of their compensation package, CFCC did not agree to provide Spring with a car as part of his contract.
We're told Dr. Spring was reluctant to return his courtesy car, but did so after getting a request from the board of trustees.
Dr. Spring also canceled his City Club membership that the college had been paying for - and is now being billed personally for some other club memberships the school had been paying for outside the terms of his contract.
Spring refused to answer questions after Tuesday's County Commissioner meeting about why he canceled his membership. He darted his eyes to his Public Relations Director before telling WECT he would only answer questions about the bond money that was approved during the meeting, not the question at hand.