Novi Officials Spend More than $225,000 in Five Years on Entertainment, Gifts
July 3rd, 2018, 2:48 PM
Novi city officials spent more than $225,000 in taxpayer money since 2013 on parties, entertainment, gifts, massages, limos and swanky restaurants for each other and guests, Motor City Muckraker reports.
The bills raise serious questions about city spending and possible ethics law violations, writes Steve Neavling.
The independent news site checked public finance records that show:
- Numerous bar and restaurant bills above $1,000 each.
- Pewabic pottery gifts for employees totaling more than $4,500.
- A purchase of chocolate treats costing nearly $1,500.
Neavling also writes:
City officials spent more than $3,000 at Short’s Brewing Company, $4,200 on engraved gifts, at least $2,200 on massages and more than $3,000 on commemorative coins.
Mayor Bob Gatt did not respond to Neavling's request for comment.