Modesto Mayor Carmen Sabatino gets a lot of use out of his cell phone. Records checked by The Modesto Bee show he rang up more than 67-hundred dollars in cell phone bills from April 2000 to October of last year. That´s an average of 353 dollars a month.
Most council members say they don´t ask for reimbursement because it´s too much trouble to separate personal and business calls. The mayor, however, has all his calls covered by the taxpayers.