Michael Jensen is not running unopposed.Jeff White (write-in) is running
for the Salt Lake County Council 2 seat.
I think there is a big payback that is necessary from these men. They have taken
advantage of the credit cards.
Anytime credit cards are involved in business or government settings people
exceed what is correct and proper and people will push the limit until their
hands are slapped. Just not enough hand slapping to go around when it comes to
the public's monies.
As a fire contractor, I do work with unified a bit. Every time I pull into the
parking lot it's like pulling into a high end import car dealership.
Mercedes AMGs, audis, BMWs, Lexus's, Jaguars, etc. I always joke that
I'm on the wrong side of the fire business. Wow, just Wow.
Well run organizations have transparent and standard per diem allowances for
lodging and meals. Expenditures beyond that come out of the individual's
pocket. Purchasing expensive electronics and keeping them at home is a red flag.
At the very least, the UFA has negligent management practices. It is quite
common for government employees to spend the tax payer dollars with abandon.
After all, it's not their money.
Another case of poor judgement between needs and wants. Let's get a little
more real. Responsibility in using tax payer money, and getting fat off that
money... hmmmm, wonder which one is at the heart of the "use of public
funds" here.But we are asked to ignore what seems to be the
obvious just in case these were all possibly legit expenses.Not
"buying" this one. Pun intended.
Jensen had good explanations. Was it excessive? Probably a little, but I
don't see it as a big deal...
Why weren't the charges stopped in 2011 when they started? Why wait for so
many years????Draper UT
Perhaps there needs to be some sort of "taxpayer watchdog" that approves
purchases, not just another fire executive. It is very appropriate that
taxpayer funds be treated with the utmost respect and that strict accountability
be enforced. Some of these purchases may indeed be appropriate, but many seem
extremel questionable. The line of "someone wanted to meet us at this
restaurant so we went there" is also fishy. If someone wants to meet me at
an expensive restaurant, I simply tell them it's too expensive and we meet
elsewhere. There should be some sort of limit per meal that is set and
reasonable and they should be held to it. Something being on the taxpayers
dime should not be an excuse for living high on the hog.
They should loose their jobs.
He took SIX trips, 3 of them out of state for $6100 ?? Sounds pretty frugal to
me. I'd love to take business trips that average $1000 each.
"To obtain valuable information" is the cliche for 1,000's of
junkets by Utah government employees each year. Apple watches are needed to
check flight times.
Living high on the hog off the taxpayers backs. Take anything questionable out
of his pension. This has got to stop.