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UNDER FORMER CITY administrator Roger Fraser, the amounts paid out in tax dollars for cell phone allowances increased almost 95 percent between 2009 and 2012. By 2012, 196 of the city’s 693 full-time employees had been given cell phone allowances. Likewise, between 2009 and 2012, according to information from city officials released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, taxpayers shelled out $323.512.74 in car allowance money.
In 2009, under Fraser, 27 city employees (including himself) were given car allowances totaling $70,357.56. By 2011 the number of employees with car allowances grew to include 36 staffers and the allowances paid out that year totaled $85,06.06, a 15 percent increase. One of those staffers with a car allowance was City Attorney Stephen Postema, an Ann Arbor resident who can frequently be seen walking to City Hall from his home on the West Side.
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