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County will soon use credit cards

By Staff | Feb 23, 2015

Faribault County Auditor-Treasurer John Thompson sought the approval for a new credit card policy from the Faribault County Board of Commissioners during last Tuesday’s county board meeting.

According to Thompson, this policy would allow for county employees to carry a company credit card so they may use it to purchase pre-approved budget items and to secure lodging.

“I think this is long overdue and it’s the primary way for everyone to handle business now,” said Commissioner Tom Loveall, noting that government officials in other areas have utilized county credit cards for years.

The stipulations of credit card policy are as follows:

The county will be informed every time a card is used.

Employees have seven days to turn in a receipt as proof of purchase.

If a receipt is not received within seven days, the funds will be taken from that employee’s paycheck.

  • There will be a designated person who does not possess his or her own company card who will receive the notifications of card use.

The county has been approved by the US Bank in Minneapolis for a total credit limit of $25,000.

However, a “pool card,” which will take up $10,000 of the total credit limit, may be used by any county office in order to purchase items costing more than their department’s card limit.

Both a resolution for the implementation of a new credit card policy and a motion approving a single “pool card” were approved by the board.

Thompson then requested a motion asking the board to consider the county’s 2015-2017 Sentence to Serve contract with the Department of Corrections. The two-year renewal of this contract would provide Faribault County with $120,531 to fund this year’s Sentence to Serve program and services.

The amount offered in the 2015-2017 contract is 3.62 percent more than the amount provided in the previous contract.

Funds received from the DOC go toward the hire of a crew leader and hourly wages for the work crews that participate in the Sentence to Serve program.

The work crews do not see their actual wages; rather, they receive the equivalent of $7 per hour to help pay down their legal fines.

The county must reimburse the DOC?for the total amount, $120,531, that is provided in the contract.

Commissioner Bill Groskreutz, Jr., was reluctant to pass the motion.

“There is a lot of time spent in only one area of the county,” Groskreutz said. “Why should everyone pay if they’re only working in one area and not others? I personally don’t agree with it.”

But, despite his uncertainty, all five members of the Board of Commissioners passed the motion.