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February 22, 2014

Credit card policy on hold

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According to the proposed policy, credit cards will only be issued for purchases that cannot be made via in-house charge amounts. All original receipts must be produced upon signing the credit cards back in and cards will be issued for only the time period needed, not exceeding 72 hours without “legitimate cause.”

All credit card bills will be paid as a demand claim in an effort to avoid late charges.

Mulch said he doesn’t feel the sheriff’s department is being singled out, although he said at Thursday’s meeting, “This is the first time we’ve been apprised of this, which I find inappropriate.”

Administrative Assistant Suzy Tate said the proposal was introduced so the county is not hit with any financial “surprises.” She said the county doesn’t want to know what each officeholder buys, but county officials would like to have notices of purchases so “we don’t get further behind.”

The Fiscal Committee briefly discussed the idea of providing purchase orders for officeholders for expenses over $500, although the committee took no action on the policy or approving purchase orders.

Tate and members of the committee agreed the policy may need to be “tweaked” some before it is adopted.

The topic has been postponed until the March 20 Fiscal Committee meeting.

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