Turner to pay city for travel expenses
BY THE PACKET
After a lengthy, and, according to sources, very heated executive session, the Columbus City Council voted 3-2 to make Ward 4 Councilman Marty Turner pay almost $1,200 in back travel expenses. Turner has until next Thursday to repay the money or the city will turn it over to State Auditor Stacey Pickering.
A majority of the council voted to make Turner reimburse the money.
Under the old city travel policy, those traveling would keep their receipts and turn them in after the trip for reimbursement. Under the new policy, which was adopted last year, the city pays the per diem and expenses up front. Those traveling must then turn in receipts to match the city’s money. Sources said Turner has not turned in receipts in months.
This is not Turner’s first controversy with travel expenses as the council voted to reimburse him after a conference in Point Clear, Alabama for mileage although Turner does not have valid driver’s license stemming from conviction of a second DUI.
He allegedly rode to the conference with city judge Nicole Clinkscales.
Turner is also in arrears thousands of dollars to the state for unpaid taxes and there have been several complaints filed against him in Lowndes County Justice Court for taking money and not providing goods or services when he owned Turner Furniture.7