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Tarpon Springs officials restate that $95 in city funds was used to ship promotional materials, not to travel to China

TARPON SPRINGS — After giving the mayor and vice mayor warm reviews for a presentation the two gave on their recent trip to China, Commissioner Peter Dalacos jumped back on the topic of the mayor's "truthfulness" about a $95 expenditure.

At the end of Tuesday's commission meeting, Dalacos read several messages he received from residents disappointed that he raised an issue about Mayor Beverley Billiris and Commissioner Robin Saenger and spending $95 to ship promotional materials to China .

"I just need to clear up that my concern was not the $95," Dalacos said. "My concern was to say not once, but twice, that no city money was spent. It was a matter of speaking the truth."

Earlier this month, Billiris and Saenger embarked on an economic and cultural mission to Tunxi, for a conference at which they were promoting Tarpon Springs and Pinellas County. The trip was paid for by Tunxi officials. Billiris and Saenger spent about two weeks in China.

Billiris said "not a single penny" of city money was used on the trip. But on July 1, a 14-pound package of promotional material was sent ahead. It cost the city $95.25 to ship.

"For the third time, not a dime of city money was spent on travel or our expenses," Billiris said Tuesday night.

Tarpon Springs officials restate that $95 in city funds was used to ship promotional materials, not to travel to China 07/29/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 7:08pm]
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