Denver Mayor goes to Super Bowl courtesy of the Broncos and Denver taxpayers

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DENVER -- Mayor Michael Hancock is going to the game on Sunday courtesy of the Denver Broncos and Denver taxpayers.

The City's Board of Ethics met on Friday and said that's OK.

The board raised ethical questions after private donors paid for the Mayor's Super Bowl trip in 2014 because those donors do business with the city.

This year, the Broncos gave Mayor Hancock tickets and the board noted the team does not have any contractual relationship with the city.

One concerned citizen said he thinks the Mayor should have to get taxpayers' approval before he spends taxpayer money.

"If the people of the City and County of Denver want to send the Mayor to the Super Bowl then that`s what we`ll do. But I think we should have some sort of public way of approving that kind of thing well in advance," Wedigan Bland said.

The 2014 trip cost $40,000.

The mayor's office said it does not have an estimate on what this year's trip will cost.

Hancock's wife and daughter are going with him but they're using their own money to go.

The ethics board said it is an appropriate use of taxpayers' money to send the Mayor and his team on this trip from a business perspective.

 

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