The Marshall County Commissioners this week discussed a prepayment limit for department heads.
Commissioner Deb Griewank suggested the change to the purchase ordinance so department heads can make county equipment purchases with a personal credit card that does not exceed $750. She said that it was brought to her attention that sometimes different departments need to purchase something online, but don’t have the time to wait for commissioner approval. Buildings and maintenance directors can find items on eBay for cheaper but then they have to wait to purchase the items pending approval. Time could cost them.
There is a provision already in place for prepayment for overnight reservations for conferences and similar instances.
The commissioners approved the amendment to the policy to allow department heads to prepay items of $750 or less with their credit cards for items needed in their offices. Those purchases will be reimbursed.