Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship

Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship

 Benjamin Franklin

As an elected official in my mind, there is no “little expense.” Elected officials must be willing to examine every expenditure large and small.

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.

On today’s agenda, there was another request 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.  Bringing the total approved 2019 expenditures for travel to  $13,163.00.

During the March 26th meeting, 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 called for a review of our travel policy.

Today, DuPage County Board Member, Jim Healy was supposed to present to the board a report detailing the 2019 Legislative Conference. We didn’t get a report on the conference today, we got an overview of NACo.

One member asked, “what is there to talk about?” Another tried to delegitimize the argument for discussion of the travel policy based on the expenditure in comparison to the total amount of the budget. I once again voted no on the authorization for travel for a County Board member because there was no discussion or review of the travel policy.

DuPage County cut 10% from the DuPage County Care Center. DuPage County cut 10% from the Human Services Grant Fund. DuPage County Cut 10% from Stormwater Management.

Every dollar matters.

Like Benjamin Franklin said, “it’s the little leaks that can sink a great ship.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liz Chaplin

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