Haifley seeks reimbursement policy

February 08, 1993|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer

Westminster City Council President William F. Haifley plans to propose tonight that the city reimburse council members who spend their own money on government business.

Mr. Haifley also plans to ask his colleagues to consider writing rules to govern reimbursement both for elected officials and for city employees, who currently are repaid for expenses on government business, but without a formal policy.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

"At the present time, the city doesn't have any rules and regulations on what types of expenses can be reimbursed," Mr. Haifley said.

He said it has been informal practice that city employees receive reimbursement with the approval of a department head, but he would like to see rules written into the city employees' handbook.

Council members divided 2-2 at the Jan. 25 meeting on a proposal to study compensation for elected officials.

Mr. Haifley declined to cast a tie-breaking vote, saying the council should be unanimous on a pay study, and the proposal died.

Several council members later indicated willingness to consider reimbursement for expenses, such as long-distance calls on city business, or mileage for trips, such as Maryland Municipal League meetings.

Councilwoman Rebecca A. Orenstein, who opposed the BTC proposal to study council members' pay, said she would support Mr. Haifley's proposal for reimbursement and for adopting written rules.

"I really do agree we need to get some of this written down, so we're all on the same page," Ms. Orenstein said.

Councilman Kenneth A. Yowan, who sponsored the proposal to study elected officials' pay, said he believes reimbursement for expenses is normal practice in business and government.

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