Relief workers ate steak, Navajos scraped by Posted at: 02/15/2010 7:44 AM By: The Associated Press
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Some emergency workers charged with helping Navajos stranded by a snowstorm last month were dining on $22 steaks and $40 meals at taxpayer expense.
The Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff reports that a group of 12 people listed as hay deliverers rang up a bill of $519.86 at one meal, ordering 10 steaks at a Tuba City restaurant. That's the most expensive item on the menu.
Meanwhile, stranded Navajos were eating air-dropped freeze-dried food.
Coconino County Supervisor Lena Fowler also allowed her county expense credit card to be used by the Navajo chapter president and dozens of tribal police officers for free meals.
Nearly $3,000 was charged to her account. Fowler says in emergencies, government needs to step up and take care of business.The spending in many cases exceeded the maximum allowed for a day's meals.