Here are the Mat-Su Borough’s credit card statements for the months of March, April, May, June, July and August 2018.
Here are some highlights:
ALASKA CHINA TRADE MISSION – May 2018
Mayor Vern Halter, Manager John Moosey, and Assembly Member Randall Kowalke were the three MSB reps who went on this trip. It is unclear if the MSB had to pay the $3,000 fee in addition to paying for their own airfare, hotels, and food.
Here are the China trip expenses from the MSB credit card statements. The grand total (if my calculations are correct) was $14,520.17. There may be other charges out there. Sometimes, the MSB pays through vendors and/or reimbursements.
UPDATE 10/05/2018: The MSB Manager’s Asst responded to my email and confirmed that the MSB also paid 9K to the State to participate (3K for each participant.)
So, the running total for this trip is now: $23,520.17.
Manager John Moosey bought himself a new ipad for just over a thousand dollars from the Apple store.
Manager Moosey also bought camera equipment and flowers. (The camera equip may be for the PR office.)
John Moosey goes out to lunch a LOT on the MSB’s dime. (This is written into his contract; IIRC, he is allowed approx. $400 per month in “expenses.”)
The Manager and Mayor attended the summer AML conference at Denali:
The MSB Attorney Nicholas Spiropoulos had a lunch to discuss confidential items with R.K. (Randall Kowalke) at the Palmer City Alehouse. I guess the items were okay to discuss at a public restaurant. Nick also had lunch at the Alehouse with JM (John Moosey) to discuss “MSB issues.” Don’t these people have offices at the MSB Dorothy Swanda building? (We paid millions and millions to remodel and expand this building.) Of course the MSB Manager and MSB Attorney should be discussing MSB issues because um, that is what we pay them to do – but why can’t they pay for their own lunches from their hefty salaries??
The MSB’s IT Director Eric Wyatt attended a conference in Phoenix in February (which is a very nice time to get away from Alaska) and he expensed several lunch meetings at the Colony Inn Cafe steakhouse (conveniently located right next to MSB building; but sadly, it just closed) as well as costly meals related to the Cyber attack: