By Jessica A. Moretti
INDIANA -- Personal spending by former Indiana University of Pennsylvania President Tony K. Atwater decreased during his last year in office. It marked the first decline since taxpayers began reimbursing his personal expenses in fall 2004.
Atwater's total combined expenses, not including his salary and benefits, dropped to $110,702.94 in 2009-10 from $130,451.63 in 2008-09, a decline of 15 percent.
On Sept. 2, IUP released Atwater's 2009-2010 expenses in response to an Aug. 2 request filed under the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law. The release supplied expense vouchers for all taxpayer-financed expenditures by Atwater and his wife, Dr. Beverly L. Roberts-Atwater.
The Atwaters' overall spending dropped, but expenses in some expense categories rose. For example, spending on Atwater's official residence and travel decreased while expenses for his car and his house-cleaning staff increased.