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A travel budget do-over
Morgan corrections director made mistake, chairman says

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com 340-2437

Morgan County Community Corrections Director Alison Nix re-calculated a beach travel request and reduced it from $7,500 to $1,646.

Nix revised her travel requests after The Daily questioned proposed expenses.

County Commission Chairman John Glasscock told commissioners Tuesday that Nix made a mistake last week when she listed $4,000 for transportation costs on a travel request.

Glasscock said Nix had intended for that amount to be for the department's yearly mileage.

Glasscock, however, could not explain why Nix had listed $2,000 for registration fees and $1,500 for lodging for one trip to Perdido Beach in addition to the $4,000 for travel by car.

Nix's original travel request showed that the beach trip would have cost $7,500,

Glasscock said Nix didn't understand how to fill out the form properly, so she completed another form and submitted it to his office.

On the new travel form, Nix showed this breakdown for a Perdido trip for herself: $348 for mileage; $350 for lodging; and $125 for meals. She listed the same information on a form for an employee in her office.

Also, Nix originally requested $5,000 for a Gulf Shores trip for herself and two employees, but she did not request that in her revised travel forms.

Adding requests

Nix did, however, add two requests. One is for $1,000 for a current employee to attend training and education sessions. Nix lists the location as unknown.

The other is for an employee who has not been hired. The amount is $1,000 for training and education. The location is unknown.

Then, Nix requested $4,000 for local mileage for all employees in her office. She states on the request form that the amount is for the entire year and for trips to Montgomery and other areas.

Glasscock told the commission that the Morgan County Community Corrections and Court Services Commission, which governs community corrections, will meet Aug. 16 to consider Nix's budget requests.

Later, the County Commission will vote on the Corrections Commission's recommendation.

Youth sports probe

Lawrence County officials said in June that Nix is under investigation in a probe targeting forgery and misappropriation of funds involving Hatton Youth Sports Inc. Nix was secretary/treasurer of Hatton Youth Sports until it removed her from her post in June.

Nix's attorney told The Daily that Nix passed a lie detector test and is innocent of the allegations. No other information has surfaced from the probe.

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