Councilman Kenneth Kennedy said Friday that he plans to introduce legislation Monday that would ban city employees’ use of purchasing cards, or credit cards used for dining, travel and other expenses.
The city council is still awaiting the results of an audit it requested on all city purchasing cards, and explanations for why the money was spent. Council members said the proposal would probably be referred to committee for review while they await the results.
“You can do all of these things through reimbursement,” Kennedy said of the spending. “When people spend their own money up front and have to wait for reimbursement, they’re less likely to spend money. The problem with the [purchasing] cards is, you can’t control it.”
City hall recently released employees’ purchasing card statements to people who requested them via FOI, including us at Cityline. We’ll have more on the issue next week.