Training at Disneyland for city employees costs Augusta more than $30,000

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock/ Monday June 9, 2014

Augusta,Ga (WRDW)----Some Augusta city leaders want answers about a city sponsored trip to Disneyland. News 12 told you exclusively more than a dozen city employees flew 3 thousand miles.

Now we're learning just how much this trip cost the city. "I want to know who did they get their instruction from Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck? I call all all this pretty Goofy," said Commissioner Grady Smith.

Commissioner Grady Smith is upset about the city spending thousands to send 13 employees to the Disneyland Hotel and Resort in California. "We've got plenty of facilities here. Those people want our business send an instructor here. We can get an auditorium if we want need it," said Commissioner Grady Smith.

Commissioner Marion Willliams says he put this on the agenda to make sure a Disneyland trip never happens again. "This is an annual thing they've been doing and it's not a conference. It's a software company selling technology. I've got some issues about us spending that type of money," said Commissioner Williams.

We learned those 13 city employees stayed for five days. Registration cost more than $5,000. Airfare was nearly $10,000,
The hotel stay topped out at more than $12,000.
The total trip cost Augusta-Richmond County around $35,000.

It's a number Commissioner Bill Lockett doesn't have a problem with.

"It doesn't concern me one bit because they are doing their job. They are trying to make this government more effective. The only place they could be trained just so happened to be Disneyland," said Commissioner Bill Lockett

The Disneyland's slogan is where the magic happens, but a few commissioners hope it never happens on the taxpayers dime again.

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