Two Capital Metro board members did not break any laws or violate agency policy in spending $60,000 during the past 3 ½ years to travel to and mingle at conferences in Vancouver and across the country. And while both live in or near Austin, they tried to get the taxpayer-financed transit agency to pick up the tab on a conference at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Austin. That got our attention. Common sense prevailed, thank goodness, and that request was denied.
Though no policies were broken, those board members showed an abysmal lack of judgment and discipline in expending their travel budgets, and in some cases spending their colleagues’ travel budgets after exhausting their own. Such excess might go unnoticed in another agency. But it stands out at Capital Metro, whose financial blunders and mismanagement pushed the agency near the brink of financial disaster not so long ago.
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