Supervisors' spending requires two signatures

District 2 County Supervisor Jim Zaborsky declined to publicly criticize District 3 Supervisor Buster Johnson for outspending Zaborsky and District 1 Supervisor Carol Anderson combined for travel, meals and other purposes, saying it is up to the voters to raise questions.

Johnson, the only supervisor running for re-election, is being challenged in the Nov.

7 general election by Joe Tamberella, an independent who lives in Golden Valley.

The three supervisors said the procedure for approving spending entails obtaining two signatures.

Zaborsky and Johnson approve each other's spending, and Zaborsky approves expenses that Anderson has charged to the county.

Anderson, for her part, said she stopped approving the other supervisors' bills three years ago because she has raised doubts about them.

Anderson, who travels frequently to the Arizona Strip on district business, also keeps her hotel bills down in Phoenix because she can stay with relatives, Zaborsky said.

"I don't have that luxury," Zaborsky said.

Anderson said, "I just try to be as careful with the taxpayers' dollars as I can be."

Her monthly expenses from the June 30, 1999, through Aug.

31 billing periods ranged from $18 for Aug.

31, 1999, to $947 for Oct.

29, 1999.

The October 1999 bill included $705 for an American West flight to Washington, D.C., $159 for staying at the Holiday Inn in Washington and $83 for staying at the Shilo Inn in Yuma.

Anderson traveled to Washington to testify on Oct.

19, 1999, before the Subcommittee of National Parks and Public Lands on a proposal to establish a national conservation area in the Shivwits Plateau in the Arizona Strip.

Over the objections of Anderson and her peers, the Republican delegation in Congress and Arizona ranchers, President Bill Clinton in January designated more than 1 million acres for the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument.

Zaborsky's monthly bills have ranged from $76 dated March 31 to $1,731 dated July 30, 1999.

The July 1999 bill included $895 for Zaborsky and his wife, Louise, to attend a conference of the National Association of Counties at the Mayfair Hotel in St.

Louis and $690 for the couple to fly to St.

Louis on Southwest Airlines.

The NACo conferences are valuable for networking, and ones conducted in Washington give county officials an opportunity to meet with members of Congress, Zaborsky said.

"Networking is the biggest part of what my job is," he said.

"We need to be finding out what kind of issues other counties are experiencing."