Sunday, January 18, 2015

Loy Crawford's legislative proposal - what it means

At West Buechel's regular City Council meeting on January 13, 2015, Council Member Loy Crawford introduced a proposed amendment to City Ordinance 215, Series 2007, regarding per diem travel reimbursements.

As originally written and enacted, Ordinance 215 allows a flat $50 or $75 daily payment for travel "out of town on city business" for more than six hours. The most obvious reasonable interpretation for "out of town" means travel anywhere outside the city limits of West Buechel.

A trip to downtown Louisville, is "out of town," right? Downtown Louisville is outside West Buechel's city limits.

A trip to Sam's Club is "out of town" too, even if it is still wholly within Jefferson County.

Almost any travel is "out of town." West Buechel is small.

Not only does this proposed amendment seek to increase the per diem to $100 or $150 per day, as discussed in the Council meeting, and to totally exclude city employees from receiving the payment, the proposed amendment also eliminates the six hour minimum travel duration.

As proposed, this amendment would entitle City Council Members to receive $100 to $150 for ANY travel outside West Buechel's city limits.

This does not make a lot of sense to me. Maybe it's just a language problem. English.

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