Mount Gilead Town Commissioners have approved the payment of some non-budgeted costs incurred by Mayor Patty Almond.
Almond told the board last month that she had purchased a sign board to publicize her weekly office hours and had also spent some money attending meetings. Town Manager Katrina Tatum reported earlier that the expenses weren’t budgeted, and Commissioners were faced with options that included amending the budget to create a category for mayoral expenditures. Tatum last night repeated what she said to be the sentiment of Mayor Pro-Tem Tim McAuley, who was not at the meeting.
According to information provided by Town Hall, these are the expenses – totaling about $500.00 – that the Mayor either incurred personally or for which she obligated the Town to make payment:
- $35 – Mailbox (approximate amount)
- $180 – Training (unspecified)
- $95 – Advocacy Goals Meeting
- $100 – Newsletter
- $135 – ‘Sandwich’ board to display Mayor’s office hours
Town Manager Tatum said, “The boards and mayors have never spent any money before, and we don’t need to start do it now. Cover the expenses that have already been placed in the town’s name in order to make sure our credit remains sound, and then go on from there.”
Ultimately, the board approved a motion by Commissioner Paula Covington to approve the one-time payment of the items already acquired, but to create no budget line for purchases by the Mayor.