TRURO – Abuse it, you lose it.
Truro council amends credit card policy to prevent abuse
That is the message behind a policy amendment made by Truro town council regarding the use of municipal credit cards by members of council and staff.
This week council approved an amendment to the town’s credit card policy to protect against abuse by
banning staff and council from expensing such items as mileage, meals or other miscellaneous items to their credit cards that would be paid to the card holder through the use of expense requisition forms under the town’s travel and conference policy. Exceptions include for the use of “eligible” parking and toll expenses and fuel for town vehicles.
Personal purchases also cannot be made on the town cards.
Anyone found to have used their card for one of the uses above will be issued a “first warning” along with a demand for immediate reimbursement of the amount.
If a credit card is misused a second time following a first warning, the cardholder’s privileges will be cancelled and reimbursement of the expenses will demanded immediately.
The policy also states that an offending cardholder will not receive any payments from the town, including pay cheques or expense cheques, until reimbursement has been made.
“I just want to say, don’t read anything more into it than what it is,” Coun. Raymond Tynes said, adding the amendment is simply an effort to ensure that council and staff are considering “due diligence” regarding the use of taxpayers’ dollars.
Coun. Tom Chisholm added that the amendment also ensures there are consequences in place to protect against any potential misuse of a card.