Taxpayer Funds Used to Pay for Calendars With Photos of Officials
During the last holiday season, the district elder of Põhja-Tallinn, Karin Tammemäe, ordered the printing of 8,000 wall calendars that included a photograph of herself and a deputy. It has come to light that the calendars cost taxpayers 10,800 euros.
“Our district has a tradition of sending calendars to our partners as Christmas and New Year's gifts,” Margus Eek, a public affairs adviser for the city, told Eesti Päevaleht.
"The 2012 calendars were designed with photos characterizing our district and they included greeting letters from the district elder and her deputy,” said Eek, confirming that the funds came from the city budget.
Last year, Tammemäe was investigated on suspicion of embezzlement but the case was dropped, the paper said, quoting Arno Põder, a spokesman for the Prosecutor's Office.
Tammemäe was elected into office during the last municipal elections, in 2009. She formerly worked as the mayor of Loksa and as education director for Harju County.