Mayor's gas allowance mentioned
FUNKSTOWN -- Funkstown Mayor Robert Kline's gas allowance was brought up briefly during a recent budget discussion.
During Monday's work session at Town Hall, Councilman John Phillips III inquired about the line item for executive travel.
Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes said that was the mayor's gasoline check.
According to a working balance sheet Haynes handed out Monday night, as of March 29, Kline had used $1,440 of the $2,160 budgeted for executive travel.
In a phone interview after the meeting, Kline said he uses the money for "coming down here" to Town Hall. He said he lives about five blocks from Town Hall. He also uses the gas allowance to travel to Maryland Municipal League meetings "if the food's right," he said.
Neither the mayor nor council members receive "pay" for their service, although they get a financial benefit, Haynes said Thursday.
The mayor has the gas allowance and council members get the minimum amount, $37.06, off their quarterly water bill, Haynes said.