Vouchers submitted by new Johnson County Assessor Cindy Rogers to be reimbursed for travel and related expenses to take part in assessor's training in Florida came under scrutiny at the Johnson County Commissioner's meeting on Tuesday.
Commissioner Delbert Eitel did not feel the County should pay for the trip for the class because it wasn't approved beforehand. Commissioner John Gibbs said Rogers and himself had been told she needed to be certified before she took office in January or she would not be qualified under state statute to assess property in Johnson County. Commissioner Smokey Wildeman added he had been told the same thing.
There were other questions regarding personal items that the commissioners thought should not be reimbursed by the county, and that there were receipts missing from the voucher Rogers submitted, which are required by the State Auditor to accompany any voucher for reimbursement.
A citizen at the meeting told the commissioners she understood it was not necessary to travel to Florida for the classes, as they were offered by the Department of Revenue in Cheyenne. She also said the certification for the class in Florida was only temporary. The commissioners said they would look into the matter.
Eitel voted against approving the voucher, while Gibbs voted to approve the voucher with the amendment that no personal items or those items without receipts should not be paid.
With the commission split, Wildeman voted with Gibbs to approve the reimbursement, with the amendments.