DuPage Travel Policy Up For Review

My philosophy is that government needs to be frugal and fiscally responsible while providing needed services which include public safety, quality infrastructure and human services. When tax dollars are spent on unnecessary expenditures, government cannot afford to do what needs to be done.

During the March 26th meeting of the DuPage County Board, there was an item on the agenda for overnight travel for a County Board member to attend the NACo Annual Conference in Clark County, Las Vegas Nevada on July 11,  through July 15, 2019, for an approximate total of $1573.00. Normally I would approve this item, however, I voted no because four members of DuPage County Board had just returned from a NACo Conference in Washington D.C.

On October 23, 2018, the board approved travel for a board member to attend the 2019 NACo Legislative Conference on March 2 through March 6, 2019, for an approximate total of $2502.

On November 27, 2018, the board approved travel for two board members to attend the 2019 NACo Legislative Conference on March 2 through March 6, 2019, for an approximate total of $5010.

On December 11, 2018, the board approved travel for a board member to attend the 2019 NACo Legislative Conference on March 2 through March 6, 2019, for an approximate total of $2502.

The current amount approved for the board members travel for 2019 is $11,590.

Discussion took place during the March 26th meeting regarding travel. One board member boasted that “you don’t pay for my travel expenses, the Illinois Association of Counties does.”  The county pays dues from tax dollars collected to the Illinois Association of Counties in the amount of  $27,000 each year. The taxpayer is most certainly paying for the board members travel expenses.  Many of the board members questioned the need to send yet another member to another NACo Conference after four just returned from a conference earlier this month. Mary Ozog questioned the travel policy. Some of her suggestions for a new policy would include limit the amount of travel, rotate members attendance, all members must be notified of upcoming conferences and a report must be given to the board. I agree with Mary Ozog.

I look forward to working on an updated travel policy that is fair to the board members and the taxpayer.

Is this the biggest expense the county has? No. Is it important to discuss? Absolutely. It is important that the board be willing to discuss all matters in an open and honest manner.

You can watch the board meeting using the provided link here.  

 

DuPage County Board Member Mary Ozog discussing travel expenses

DuPage County Board Member Liz Chaplin discussing travel expenses