Winston-Salem council, mayor travel: $81K since 2010

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Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines (The Winston-Salem Journal)

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.

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