Mayor Bach reports gifts, pays himself back


Bach: Being "open and transparent." - FILE PHOTO
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  • Bach: Being "open and transparent."
Mayor Steve Bach was a little recalcitrant in reporting what gifts he received during his first year in office. ("Present but unaccounted for," Nov. 27, 2013)

But he recently submitted his list of gifts and honoraria from 2014, which includes 36 gifts that have a total value of $999.

The most expensive gift was a $75 small sculpture from the city's Sister City Greek Delegation, and the cheapest was a $5 lunch at the Air Force Academy.

Bach has received lunches from some of his staff, including Police Chief Pete Carey, Parks Director Karen Palus and Streets Manager Corey Farkas.

Here's an itemized list the city released along with a news release that said simply, "As part of his ongoing effort to be open and transparent, Mayor Steve Bach has released his 2014 Gifts and Honoraria Report."

See related PDF Mayor_s2014Gifts.pdf
Also, it's worth noting that Bach has cleaned out his campaign finance account, by paying himself $4,161.67 as partial repayment for a $24,000 loan he gave himself when he ran in Nov. 2010. That leaves an outstanding balance owed to him of $7,058.94, according to the report, filed Monday, which covers the period of April 8, 2014 through Jan. 23, 2015.

Bach has announced he won't seek a second term.

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