A $1,200 phone bill wracked up by Alpha Borough Mayor Craig Dunwell has the executive in how water, and residents are the ones footing the bill.
The mayor’s taxpayer-funded phone bill includes $1,275 in international data charges that he said he accrued in Ukraine, where the Dunwell said he used an international data plan that priced 100 MB at $25.
The mayor claimed most of the charges came from application updates and said he had to use data to access emails, texts and the internet through mobile data.
The charges have some of the borough’s roughly 2,400 residents calling for the mayor’s phone to be taken away.
“I think I’ve saved the borough a lot more money than $1,200 in the two and a half, almost three, years I’ve been here,” Dunwell said at a council meeting Tuesday. “If the governing body, which approved the bill, if they have an issue with it, if they want to take away my cellphone, that’s their decision. I’m against it based on productivity, but that’s their decision.”