Council OKs unbudgeted conference travel; Helt and Gordon vote nay

Published: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 05:29 PM.

Council President Shannon Hayes and Blocker, who attended last year’s League of Cities conference, said the information and networking opportunities gleaned at the event are invaluable.

“There can't be a price put on knowledge,” Hayes said, adding residents he has spoken to favor city representation at the conference.

Helt disputed the assertion, noting social media backlash when the council approved buying an unbudgeted ad in the conference program, with Helt and Gordon again dissenting.

“If we got in touch with those citizens, we would see they are not so happy-go-lucky when it comes to expending money on non-budgeted items,” she said.

Helt also asked if any of the councilmen who favored attending the conference had considered applying for Florida League of Cities scholarships that could defray the cost to taxpayers. None had.

“I would hope that before asking the citizens for money for something that was not budgeted, they would research this,” Helt said.

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