STERLING – Sterling Township spends nearly three times more on travel per employee than does the city of Sterling.
In the past fiscal year, Sterling Township, which has 20 employees and elected officials, spent $19,586 for travel. That figures out to $979 per person.
The city of Sterling, which has 126 employees and elected officials, spent $47,445 last fiscal year, which is $376 per employee.
Sterling Township has budgeted $18,000 for travel in 2013 – $7,000 for the road district and $11,000 for the rest of the township government.
Township Supervisor Matt Howze said employees and elected officials benefit from the training and conferences, which are under the travel line item.
The township assessor must receive continuing education, Howze said, and the township needs to be trained on its general assistance program, which aids the poor.
"We choose to get educated," he said. "Some townships may not go to conferences. We want to be educated about our jobs and how to serve."
Dixon Township, which is about the same size as Sterling Township, has $3,000 budgeted for travel this fiscal year.
Townships maintain roads, assess properties for tax purposes, and provide general assistance.