The Marshall County Commission unanimously voted to increase their credit card purchase limit to $10,000, up from the previous $5,000.
According to the last Marshall County Credit Card Purchases Policy and Procedures, approved on April 23, 2014; all holding a county credit card were limited to $5,000 per month, per card, per person, with all transactions monitored by the Chief Administrative Officer on at least a quarterly basis.
James Hutcheson, Chairman for the Marshall County Commission, says the increase in credit for each commissioner will continued to be monitored closely.
“We don’t have a lot of issues with the $5,000 but occasionally a Commissioner purchased something during the month locally with the credit card and then if there is a trip planned out of state, he might go over the limit,” he said. “It just happens occasionally that they might go over the limit and that’s where we would run into some issues. That’s the basic reason we’re raising the limit.”
Hutcheson says the Commission Office monitors all purchases.
“I see no problems because we monitor all expenditures in my office and our audit stands up to that,” he continued. “I’ve been in office 12 years now and we’ve had very good audits the whole time. My new County Administrator has 15 years state auditor experience, so she knows what to look for. We make sure all the money is done correctly and I want to reassure the tax payers that it’s being monitored very closely.”
Each district has their own credit card, as well as the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, the Revenue Commission Office and the Probate Office.