Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I am writing to question expenditures which have been paid by the city of Nampa:
Invoice # 5108-120310 Liquor for Christmas Party pd. 12/31/2010 $247.31
Invoice #14862 Department Head Retreat pd. 12/31/2010 $280.75
Invoice # 642007646 supplies for High Street pd 12/31/2010 $123.89
There are a number of other expenditures which I think could be questioned but I will wait for your response on the above items.
Perhaps you would like to refer to the legal opinion #78-44 by the Attorney Generals office which says "Without express authority,a municipal corporation may not appropriate the public revenue for celebrations,entertainments,sports and games etc. Such power can not be implied"
It would be my wish that these moneys be repaid to the city of Nampa.
Mayor Dale offers this response:
Thanks for the note. Regarding the expenditures you list, the Civic Center would be able to answer the questions about the liquor and the supplies for High Street. I can assure you the city does not, and did not purchase liquor in any form for any party. As to this bill, you would need to get specifics from the Civic Center. Regarding the bill for High Street supplies, I’m sure that would be related to the New Year’s Eve party event held at the Civic Center and was paid for from the proceeds of the paying attendants to the event. Again, the Civic Center can answer those questions.
Regarding the Department Head Retreat, this expenditure was related to an all day intense working retreat for strategic planning purposes by the management team for the city and not in any way related to entertainment, celebration, sports, or games in any fashion.
Thank you for your continued interest in making our city a better place.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 12:43 PM