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Corrections' travel budget tops county's list

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com 340-2437

Of all budgets that department heads presented to the Morgan County Commission on Wednesday, travel cost of $12,500 for community corrections is at the top.

Trips for Community Corrections Director Alison Nix and two employees are to the beach.

Nix listed $5,000 as projected cost for two of the beach trips. She did not list the purpose of the trips. After the hearing, Nix said the trips would be for education and training.

For another trip, Nix did not list herself or anyone else, but stated that the travel would be by car and cost a total of $7,500. The trip is to Perdido Beach Resort.

District 4 Commissioner Stacy George, who frequently criticizes elected officials about their travel to conferences, especially beach events, did not drill Nix. He simply asked her if more than one person would be traveling.

After the budget hearing George said, "I am against multiple trips for anyone."

Nix works at the pleasure of the Morgan County Community Corrections and Court Services Commission, which has to approve her budget, also.

George opposed sending the county's three voter registrars for a conference to Kentucky.

He led discussion on the registrars' travel request Tuesday and it remains unknown as to whether the commission will grant the request.

Chairwoman Adonis Bailey told the commission that she and the other registrars need to attend the conference because it would be beneficial to them handling six elections next year.

Budgets that most department heads presented Wednesday had zero travel.

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