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Monday, December 18, 2006

Travel spending defended

NATICK

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The Natick Retirement Board has defended its spending on travel in a memo to retirees and active members of the system, saying it was a necessary cost of educating members.

"The purpose of attending these conferences is twofold -- to receive education and trainining regarding investments and benefits," the memo said.

The board also said it's not their fault that the events are held in nice locations, such as the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas (shown above).

"Clearly, to encourage attendance, the conference planners select venues that are appealing and facilities that can accommodate hundreds of people from around the country," the memo said.

From 2003 to 2005, board members and staff took six out-of-state trips and eight within the state. Selectmen said in a Globe West story yesterday they want to talk with the board about their travel spending.

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