By Christine Rumleskie
Fort St. John City Councilors and City Staff have a few more rules to follow when spending taxpayer dollars.
At Monday’s City Council meeting, Councilors voted unanimously to approve revisions to the City Council and Employee Allowable Expenses Policy.
Staff submitted a list of spending revisions to Council, which includes adding alcohol as well as hotel movie rentals to the list of non-allowable expenses. Essentially, these are costs that cannot be reimbursed to a councilor or staff member if he/she is out of town representing the city. Also included is a revision to prohibit members from charging personal expenses to City credit cards.
Also included in the revised policy were changes to the daily Per Diem, which covers costs like incidentals and meals.
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Councilor Lori Ackerman recommended that Council approve the recommendations from staff, and that the Per Diems remain the same.
Council instructed staff at a closed meeting on March 12th to review the City’s purchasing, credit card and travel policies and provide recommendations to Council. There’s no word yet on what was the catalyst that sparked Council to instruct staff to conduct the spending review. Acting City Manager Grace Fika says the revisions were brainstormed at a senior management policy review meeting.
Moose FM and Energeticcity.ca put forward a freedom of information request to what transpired at the March 12th special council meeting. That request has yet to be honoured.