It looks like the Commissioners who sit on the Board for the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority want to get paid per diem while traveling on "airport business". The board meets twice a month in a work session and a regular board meeting. Board attorney John Walker asked the Attorney General to determine if JMAA could pay Commissioners a per diem expense for while attending trips on airport business.
Special Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Bolin ruled that Section 61-3-13 of the Mississippi Code allows commissioners to indeed receive per diem compensation:
2 (1) Each commissioner of a regional or municipal airport authority may receive from that airport authority per diem compensation in the amount provided by Section 25-3-69 for each day or fraction of a day engaged in attendance of meetings of the authority or engaged in other official duties of the authority, not to exceed one hundred twenty (120) days in any one (1) year, and may receive from the airport authority actual traveling expenses incurred in the discharge of his dutiesSection 25-3-69 limits the compensation to $40 per day. So it appears JMAA will soon start paying Commissioners per diem compensation when traveling and attending meetings.
Kingfish note: This is ridiculous. Revenue is below projections. Traffic is down by around 10% this year (It fluctuates each month but 10% is a good round number.). One airline closed one terminal thus costing the airport $150,000 in revenue. These guys first gave themselves ipads and iphones, now its one more perk: per diem pay. Now here is one final questison. See that little blurb about "engageed in meetings of the authority". Does that mean they can be paid per diem compensation for attending regular board meetings? What will Per Diem Don think about this challenge to his nickname?