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Despite Budget Shortfall 4 Commissioners Hit The Road For Conference

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The city is waging a battle of the budget, with Commissioner Bill Lockett suggesting a 12 percent property tax increase to get next year's budget in  balance.

But last week Lockett and three other commissioners hit the road on the city's dime.

City records show last week commissioners Alvin Mason, Marion Williams Bill Fennoy and Bill Lockett were in Seattle for the five day National League of City's meeting.

The trip cost taxpayers more than $87-hundred dollars while the city faces a projected  $8 million dollar shortfall for next year.

But Lockett said this was no holiday for those who went.

"These so called expense paid vacations to Seattle and other places well that's not the case we're going out there we take many classes we network with many people we have opportunities to go out and visit other cities and see what they're doing to me this was a working trip," said Lockett.  

Lockett is not alone  by the end of this year The Mayor and commisisoners will have spent more than 56 thousand dollars in travel to conferences and training.

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