Original Author: Darden, Ron
Date of Material: 02/15/2005
Personnel--Laws and regulations
Reviewed Date: 07/15/2021
Municipalities may pay directly for travel expenses, provided payment is made directly to the provider and not to the official or employee
Ms. Tammy Dunn, Senior Staff Attorney
City of Oak Ridge
P.O. Box 1
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831
Re: Travel Expenses; Payment Directly to Provider
Dear Ms. Dunn
You are absolutely correct in your interpretation of TCA 6-54-906. It states “In addition to the authority to reimburse expenses provided in the preceding sections of this part, municipalities may pay directly for travel expenses, including meals and lodging, and registration fees for conferences, conventions, seminars, and other education programs on behalf of the mayor, and any member of the local governing body, and any board or committee member elected or appointed by the mayor or local governing body, and any official or employee whose salary is set by charter or general law, provided payment is made directly to the provider and not to the official or employee”.
MTAS recommends that your city travel policies be consistent with this statute.
Municipal Management Consultant
Cc. MTAS Legal Consultant Melissa Ashburn
Travel Expenses Paid Directly to Provider.pdf