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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • County commission resolves credit card issue

  • The McPherson County Commission Monday resolved an issue involving the use of a county credit card.
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  • The McPherson County Commission Monday resolved an issue involving the use of a county credit card.
    County Attorney David Page used a county credit card to buy several hand-painted tiles for decoration for the County Attorney’s Office while he was on a trip doing training for the office. The cost was about $15. Once he returned to the office with the tiles, he decided to make the tiles gifts, so employees could take the tiles with them at the conclusion of their tenures with the office.
    As a result, he wrote a personal check to the county to cover the expense of the tiles.
    County commissioners saw the check and thought Page might be using the county credit card for personal purchases. The commissioners met in executive session Monday to discuss the matter and directed Brian Bina, county counselor, to write a letter to Page indicating he could not use the card for personal purchases.
    Page was present at the meeting for another matter and explained the situation to the commissioners.
    The commissioners accepted Page’s explanation of the incident and dismissed any notion of wrongdoing. However, they noted state law stipulates county credit cards can only be used for public purchases.
    In other business:
    n The commission approved a revised budget for community corrections. The commission also approved a budget adjustment for 2013 for the agency.
    n Appointed Leland Nelson to McPherson County RFD No. 8 board.
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