City Council President Nick Mosby will be able to repose at taxpayers’ expense at the $539-a-night Ocean City hotel he sought while attending the August conference of the Maryland Association of Counties.
The Board of Estimates today approved his request for $3,008.16 in expenses, adding $214-a-night to cover his hotel suite and granting him a fourth night at the resort town.
The board also agreed to increase Mosby’s meal allowance by $40 a day and pay an extra $100 so he can gas up the city-owned SUV he’s taking to OC.
BOE approval came without discussion from Mayor Brandon Scott and his two appointees, who together control the board’s vote.
Mosby and Comptroller Bill Henry abstained from the vote and made no comment about the expenditure.
Travel expenses to the MACo conference were also approved for four City Council members – all of whom will stay within the lodging and meal allowances set by the General Services Administration.
Councilman John Bullock, for example, asked for $1,364 in city funds, while Mark Conway, Antonio Glover and Sharon Green Middleton did not go above $1,550 – or half that of Mosby’s ask.
A fifth Council member, Odette Ramos, says she will stay with family members near Ocean City and has only requested reimbursement for the $355 registration fee.
Mosby declined to discuss his subsidized trip with The Brew, including where he is staying in Ocean City.
Based on a review of the rates charged by MACo’s partner hotels, Mosby appears to have booked the “king suite” at Residence Inn by Marriott.
Located on the bay side of Ocean City, the hotel features kitchens in every room, a private beach, tennis courts, indoor pool and a gym.
It charges – by far – the top dollar among the eight hotels offering discounted prices for MACo participants. Most of the other hotels charge a MACo rate of between $189 and $359.
Mosby’s lodging is the most expensive offered to conference participants.
It is unclear whether Mosby will bring others to the conference, which is well known for its political networking opportunities.
He is married to Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who faces a federal trial in September on perjury and false statement charges.
While not charged by prosecutors, Mosby was implicated in a recent superseding indictment of participating in his wife’s alleged scheme to secure a lower interest rate on a Florida vacation home.