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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: ANDREW GILLUM WON’T PAY FOR PARKING AT THE AIRPORT BUT EXPECTS TAXPAYERS TO PAY THEIR ‘FAIR SHARE’

TALLAHASSEE, FL- Every day we learn of a new way that Andrew Gillum has abused his taxpayer funded position as the mayor of Tallahassee. Today we learned that Gillum has been using his official parking pass at Tallahassee International Airport for personal use, including for trips associated with his gubernatorial campaign.

“Everywhere he goes, Andrew Gillum conducts personal business on the taxpayers’ dime,” said Meredith Beatrice, Director of Communications for the Republican Party of Florida. “Daily parking at the Tallahassee airport can cost $11.00 - $13.00 for the average citizen and Andrew Gillum used his official pass to park for free 96 times according to reports – that’s more than $1,000. Andrew Gillum wants to impose more than $1 billion in taxes on hardworking Florida families but believes he is above paying his ‘fair share’ at the airport parking lot. That’s messed up.”

Memo to City Attorney: Personal Use of Airport Parking Pass a No-No for VIPs

By Jeffrey Schweers, Tallahassee Democrat

September 19, 2018

Parking passes issued to city, county and other officials for the Tallahassee International Airport can only be used for official government business, the Independent Ethics Board advised in an email to the City Attorney.

“If the passes are utilized for other purposes, they may be considered a gift and treated accordingly,” Julie Meadows-Keefe wrote to Cassandra Jackson.

The issue came up after the Tallahassee Democrat reported that Mayor Andrew Gillum had used his free airport parking pass 96 times -- almost twice a week between March 2017 and April 2018. He didn’t report the use of the parking passes as gifts.

Those uses were for both entry and exit to the parking lot at Tallahassee International Airport. Records indicate the mayor stayed from as little as 16 minutes to as long as 6 days for parking that costs the average citizen $11 to $13 a day. 

One trip corresponded with a city workshop at the airport but most correlate with travel connected with Gillum’s gubernatorial travel, and was confirmed by his campaign staff.

It will  be up to the City Manager to craft rules and regulations setting limits on the use of the parking passes, Ethics Board Chairman Richard Herring said, "to make sure that free parking is used for official business, not for friends coming in or to use it for yourself to go on vacation."

Board member Bruce Grant asked that the city "will now issue a directive so there is no mix up or confusion."

Read the full article on www.tallahassee.com.

 

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