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Reports raise questions on Ga. school chief's travel

John Barge
Posted at 10:21 AM, Feb 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-07 05:32:38-05

ATLANTA (AP) - Records show that Georgia's state schools superintendent has been collecting a state car allowance worth more than $7,000 a year -- even though the state stopped offering the allowance to officials several years before he took office.

Records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also show that state School Superintendent John Barge in 2012 regularly billed drives to and from his home in northwest Georgia as business travel.

The Journal-Constitution reports that billing taxpayers for those drives is a practice the state's top accountant said is "inconsistent with IRS guidelines."

Barge said he was unaware that state budget officials had eliminated the vehicle allowance, which adds $587 a month to his state paycheck of more than $130,000 a year. Barge said he believed it was part of his salary package.