As a Bloomington taxpayer I see no problem with the reported use of a city of Bloomington p-card to purchase side-by-side seats for Mayor Renner and his friend for the trip to Japan to attend the Sister Cities conference, especially since the price for the friend’s seat was reimbursed to the city. As far as I’m concerned it made the entire purchase procedure a lot more efficient in dealing with the airline.
Now the specter raises its ugly head over the use of the p-card to pay for a $28 business related meal between Mayor Renner and Alderman Scott Black. Neither of the referenced transactions have been deemed to be in violation of established city policies or regulations.
In my view there is never a time when an elected official is off-duty, as opposed to an appointed hourly or salaried employee. It seems to me that there are certain rock throwers amongst us who don’t seem to have enough to do so they are out hunting for stuff to complain about that they don’t seem to know much about. Me thinks they make much ado about nothing.
On the other hand, it may now be appropriate to refine and clarify city policies on use of p-cards and what does and/or does not qualify as a valid city business-related expense. While this distraction must now be dealt with, the mayor and City Council have much bigger fish to fry.
Randall E. Carney, Bloomington