Mayor Perkins Spent $15,674.39 in Taxpayer Travel Costs in First Four Months of Term

According to public records stating all of Mayor Perkin’s travel expenses in the first four months of his term, $15,674.39 of taxpayer money were spent for the Mayor to travel to conferences and summits across the United States.

The average household income in Shreveport is $23,934 per year. If Perkins continues to spend an average of $3918 per month in travel expenses, he will have spent $47,023 after a year in office, which is nearly double his city’s annual average income. 

In January of 2019, Mayor Perkins spent nearly $4000 traveling to Washington DC for a conference designed to “strengthen federal city relationships for grants and federal funds.” Later in the same month, (three days after his initial trip,) Perkins spent almost $4000 more to go back to DC for “legislation and economic development.”

In March, Perkins went to Austin, Texas for a Mayor’s Summit in order to be exposed to “new ideas and technology” in a trip that cost almost $3500. 

Throughout the month of April, Perkins travelled to Baton Rouge, Houston, and New York in trips ranging from around $350 to $2100 in order to be involved in state lawmaking sessions, focus on “building relationships to improve quality of life for (his) constituents,” and be provided with a “clear path forward for major initiatives.” 

All of this information can be reviewed in the links below:

2019-01-23 Travel

2019-01-30 Travel

2019-03-06 Travel

2019-04-14 Travel

2019-04-23 Travel

2019-04-29 Travel

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Julia LeFort

Julia LeFort joined RSHV News 1 in May 2019 following her graduation from Florida College with a Bachelor's Degree in May 2019. She has been working as an editor in Florida for the past two years and previously graduated from Benton High School. Currently she is working as the content manager and a contributing reporter to RSHV News 1, while also attending graduate school online through LSU's School of Library and Information Science. Julia is excited to be back in Northwest Louisiana, which she considers home. You can contact Julia at jlefort@rshv.news.

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