Franklin Passes Commission Spending Moratorium

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

Franklin County will be cracking down on future travel and travel expenses for county commissioners.

At the Franklin County Commission meeting Monday, Commission Vice-Chair Clint Harper said the county is paying too much for commissioners attending seminars and meetings in other cities.

Harper said one commissioner in particular, whom he did not name, was responsible for charging the county $10,000 in expenses for attending conventions and training in other cities this year alone.

Harper says he thinks the county needs to put a moratorium on training and travel unless it’s mandatory for the rest of the year.

Harper also asked that county manager Billy Morse include a list of monthly travel and training expenses by commissioners in with his monthly financial report. Harper said it’s important that all activities by the board be transparent and open.

Harper said the spending and moratorium would extend through the end of the year.

Both requests were put in the form of a motion by Harper and seconded by county commissioner Jeff Jacques.

The motions passed unanimously 4-0 with commissioner Angela Whidby absent.