Commissioners approve mileage reimbursement

Published: Friday, January 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM.

CHIPLEY — The Washington County Board of County Commissioners voted to pay themselves $600 a month for mileage reimbursement during Thursday’s BOCC meeting in Chipley.

Commissioner Charles Brock made the motion that the commissioners renew their mileage reimbursement rate at the same amount as was set in 2012.

County Attorney Jeff Goodman said the commissioners had the legal right to reimbursement for travel expenses, and they could either be paid per mile or a flat rate. The board had settled on a flat rate in the past since mileage claims varied greatly from commissioner to commissioner.

“Most counties pay a flat rate,” Goodman said. “It’s my recommendation that if you are going to give reimbursement, you should use Subsection F,” he added, citing the state statute which allows for the flat rate reimbursement.

Goodman said be looked at surrounding counties, and most are paying a flat rate for mileage reimbursement to its county commissioners. “Jackson County pays $600 a month, and Walton County pays $1,046,” Goodman said. Holmes County, however, does not pay its commissioners mileage.

“This is down from the $1,144 per month that it used to be,” Commissioner Joel Pate said. “Keep in mind, before you vote, that we just talked about the county having a lack of money, and now we’re voting to give ourselves $600 a month.”

“Commissioners can decide to accept or decline the money as they see fit,” Chairman Alan Bush said.

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