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January 23, 2013

Council members: Questioning of mayor’s purchases exaggerated

Mayor Moore says ‘the witch hunt needs to stop’

JEFFERSONVILLE — Talk surrounding a requested investigation as a result of charges made by Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore on a city credit card are being blown out of proportion, according to several City Council members.

During a recent council finance committee meeting — called to discuss the budget for the city clerk’s office — the receipt from a credit card charge made at Home Depot was questioned by Councilwoman Lisa Gill. She said the receipt was not itemized and totaled more than $1,000. When she questioned the charge, Gill explained that she was just asking what was purchased.

Moore explained the charge from Home Depot was for cabinets installed in city offices and that another receipt questioned in a TV media report was for repairs to a bicycle he uses during neighborhood meetings, which was previously purchased by the city.

According to city ordinance — 2012-OR-1 — regulating credit card purchases, “each department shall submit a detailed, original receipt within seven calendar days of incurring said credit card expense.” 

In addition, if it is determined that the charges are improper, the expense shall fall to the employee and may be deducted from their pay.

But Moore said that is not always possible to provide an itemized receipt.

“There are a few [receipts] over the last year that didn’t have the itemized [information] and some places you will go to do not give an itemized credit card receipt,” he said.

Because of the question raised about the one receipt, council President Connie Sellers said she would investigate the matter.

“We are conducting our due diligence as a fiscal body for the city by investigating the matter,” Sellers said, reading from her response to a request for comment from another media outlet. “By that I meant ... I went through the credit cards [receipts]. As I went through the receipts I saw nothing unusual. There were some credit card statements that were not itemized, there were some times that the mayor went out to eat and did not list people’s names, but I do not consider that something that’s newsworthy.”

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