Credit cards are not new. If the city does not have appropriate rules in place regarding credit card usage by city employees, it is beyond negligent, irresponsible, incompetent and stupid. If the rules are in place and being ignored or misused, that should be grounds for the same dismissal, penalties or criminal charges that a private sector company would exercise.
The IRS ensures that private sector companies follow the rules. Whoever authorized the use of these credit cards without the proper procedures and safeguards in place should be fired and the city auditors replaced if they have ignored the problem. How easy it is to spend money when there are no rules, no one watching and it's just taxpayer money anyway. What an embarrassment you are, Bloomington.
Michael Lang, Bloomington