A state audit raises questions about the spending of the Nebraska Tourism Commission.
State Auditor Charlie Janssen says the audit discloses the Nebraska Tourism Commission has spent $4.4 million dollars over its budget since it became independent in 2012.
“$4.4 million over your budget over a three-year period certainly raised concern from this office and also from, quite honestly, other state agencies that had called us frequently about the goings on at the commission since it has been formed in 2012,” Janssen tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln, on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Other questionable spending reveal by the audit: $18,000 paid to move an employee from Sidney to Kearney; $44,000 paid to the main speaker as a tourism conference in Kearney with others receiving $9,000 for shorter presentations.
The commission was established as an independent commission overseen by a board of directors in 2012.
Janssen says the spending of the independent commission is out of line with normal state spending practices.
“It appeared that they were kind of running with their own set of rules.”
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AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]