By: Diane Benjamin
I filed a FOIA request for details from Connect Transit – Travel & Meetings: $10,272.18. Original story here: https://blnnews.com/2017/10/23/connect-transit-september-fleece/
I received 106 pages: Travel and Meetings
Everyone that traveled must not have their own credit card, so the statements are a maze of charges on one card for someone without one. The statements also contain double billings for housing in Atlanta where charges are later credited. The items below do not equal $10,272.18, but exact matching of expenses isn’t necessary to show you where most of the money was spent.
The first thing I noticed was this:
The previous month’s bill must not have paid on time resulting in a finance charge.
Five people went to a conference and expo in Atlanta Ga.
It cost $850 each just to attend. $4,250.00
The Conference didn’t happen until October, so more charges will be coming. This is the conference website: http://www.apta.com/mc/annual/Pages/default.aspx
Receipts show the following charges in addition to the $4,250 above
Mike McCurdy (Julie Beer’s card) Flight: $330.40 Housing: 255.17
Dave White Flight: 379.59 Housing: 255.17
Pat Kuebrich Flight: 275.35 Housing: 251.66
Martin Glaze Flight: 275.35 Housing: 255.17
Isaac Thorne Flight: 280.40 Housing: 255.17
That’s another $2,813.43. I have no idea why the prices vary.
Cassandra Mosier spent September 18-22nd in Dallas Texas. Airfare there was $306.40, with $21.88 for travel insurance. She stayed at an Air BNB for 440.00. The trip was 4 nights, the purpose wasn’t included.
In September they paid $450.00 to the McLean County Chamber of Commerce for Isaac Thorne to go on the trip to Arkansas to explore a local sports complex.
Ten people signed up to attend the IPTA Fall Conference in Springfield: $1,470.00
There are a number of charges for food, no reason given except Dairy Queen was employee appreciation.
Jimmy Johns: 141.79
Walmart: 36.32 (pop and chips)
Jason’s Deli: 75.68
Dairy Queen: $188.44
ISU got $125 for a tent and table at something called ISU Fest.
4 three-ring binders were purchased for $171.86.
$100 charge from BasicOnLine.com labeled “Fee for Section 125 Premium Only Plan”. This is an HR company, but no other information is included.
$135.25 mileage to Springfield and back + Uber charges. No explanation of why the car driven to Springfield wasn’t used instead of Uber.
Receipts are included this month from San Francisco for food: 30.51, 6.55, 54.19 (Receipts says 1 person-page 55 ) I believe travel expenses were included last month.
$95 for membership in the Bloomington-Normal Human Resources Council
October ADA Training event in Kansas City $325
If you are a new reader:
The conference in Atlanta was held in San Francisco last year: https://blnnews.com/2016/11/14/connect-transit-spending-theft/
Last year 5 employees ate at the Crab House for $474.
Expenses for the Atlanta trip will most likely appear next month.