WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The nine elected officials representing Winston-Salem have far outspent their counterparts in peer cities Greensboro and Durham on travel expenses, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
The paper reported that the eight members of the Winston-Salem City Council and Mayor Allen Joines spent a combined $81,000 on travel in the three years since their current terms started in fiscal 2010-11.
The city council and mayor in Greensboro spent about $33,000 during the same time period. Durham’s tally was about $63,000.
The Journal reported that some elected officials stayed at posh hotels at $240 a night in such places as Los Angeles, Phoenix and Washington during some of the city’s hardest economic times.
The cumulative tally of the travel expenses comes in a year when Winston-Salem officials will likely raise property taxes and are up for re-election.
Read full article: The Winston-Salem Journal.