Special Reports

More airport expenses

Lexington, March 9-16, 2008

Five Blue Grass Airport employees spent an ordinary week in Lexington. These were the expenses of Michael A. Gobb, John Rhodes, John Coon, John Slone, Brian Ellestad, Debbie Kelly and Amy Caudill, the airport's top managers.

■ $315 worth of in-town meals

■ $1,769 in liquor purchases

■ $1,208 to order Atlanta Braves tickets

■ $65 for car washes

■ $42 for an in-town cab ride

■ $108 in out-of-town travel

■ $254 in program sponsorships and fees

■ $552 in retail items, from Easter gifts to Honeybaked Ham gift cards

TOTAL $4,313

Atlanta, July 31 to Aug. 2, 2007

Trip for meetings with Delta officials; Michael Gobb and Brian Ellestad.

■ $1,968 for two round-trip plane tickets

■ $1,113 for two limo trips to Atlanta Braves game

■ $465 for in-seat food and drink service at Turner Field

■ $480 in purchases at Mori Luggage

■ $68 in Braves merchandise

■ $2,112 for hotel rooms, including one night for a Delta employee

■ $137 for room service

■ $124 at the hotel bar

■ $29 in Internet fees

TOTAL $6,496

Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe, Nevada,Feb. 19-25, 2006

Gobb, Rhodes, Coon, Slone and Kelly attended awards ceremonies.

■ $3,239 for four round-trip flights*

■ $1,402 in champagne

■ $375 in other bar charges

■ $1,020 in conference fees

■ $2,336 in hotel rooms*

■ $34 in entertainment

■ $265 for rental car in Vegas

■ $20 cab fare in Vegas

■ $86 in golf spikes

■ $536 in clothes and souvenirs

■ $197 at restaurants

■ $49 in Internet service at UPS store

■ $71 worth of room service

TOTAL: $9,630

*Does not count Debbie Kelly's hotel and airline charges, which were purchased in 2005, for which records were not available.

Source: Herald-Leader reporting and state auditor's report

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