Earlier this month, Rosenberg City Council members adopted a travel and expense reimbursement policy for the mayor and council.
But the issue hasn’t been put to bed just yet.
At Tuesday’s workshop meeting, council members will once again discuss the travel and expense reimbursement policy for council members so that they may be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary expenses.
City Secretary Danyel Swint said that council members are treated like city employees in that they are required to fill out a travel expense form in which they will receive reimbursement.
She added that each council member is alloted a total of $4,490 for travel, telecommunication, subscriptions and business expenses per year.
Mayor Bill Benton placed this item on the agenda.
According to city staff, Benton requested that the per diem for all city employees be discussed at the workshop.
Council member Isaac Davila explained that he initially placed this item on the agenda in early August because council members didn’t have to show any kind of receipts or record when it came to traveling.
He also accused council member Jacob Balderas of misusing travel funds.
“Last year, (council member Jacob) Balderas went to Midland, Texas,” Davila said at a previous council meeting. “We reimbursed him $650 for mileage and per diem. He went to attend a Main Street Program (seminar) and (Midland) doesn’t have (a Main Street Program).”
Balderas explained that Midland has a nonprofit that handles Main Street matters.
The meeting, slated to begin at 6:30 p.m., will be held via Zoom teleconference.
Citizens will not be allowed to attend council meetings, but can still ask questions via letters, telephone or email. Email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meetings can be watched live on the city’s YouTube Channel “RosenbergTXGov,” on the city’s website at www.rosenbergtx.gov/tv, and on Comcast Channel 16 for residents within the city limits.