The Huron County commissioners did not approve an expense request submitted by Commissioner-elect Tom Dunlap at Tuesday's meeting.
Commissioner Gary Bauer said late Tuesday Dunlap had requested the county pay about $300 so he could attend the County Commissioners Association of Ohio's winter conference Dec. 11 and 12.
Bauer said he and commissioners Joe Hintz and Larry Silcox didn't actually vote down the request, but none of the three made a motion to approve, so the request died for lack of a motion.
"I think it's honorable he wants to go to the conference," Bauer said, but added the commissioners have adopted an unwritten policy to pay these expenses out of their own pockets.
"Tom was surprised we didn't turn in expenses," Bauer said. "It's our choice not to turn those in."
Dunlap had defeated Silcox in the Nov. 6 election. He takes office in January.