An Augusta government credit card policy needed “ASAP” has arrived.
City Administrator Odie Donald on Wednesday unveiled the draft policy, which closely mirrors state law and governs the use of credit cards and purchasing, or “P,” cards. The policy goes for an Augusta Commission vote Tuesday.
Last month the commission voted unanimously to develop a credit card policy – which the city did not have – after Commissioner Brandon Garrett called into question Mayor Hardie Davis’ heavy use of his card, based on local media reports. Garrett said the policy was needed as soon as possible.
Davis’ recent credit card charges included payments through PayPal to current and former staffers, among them individual payments in excess of $600, $2,100 and $5,000 with some made to PayPal accounts. His monthly statements topped $10,000 for the first time in March, April and May, and included an April bill for $17,459. More than $17,300 of his spending this year has been with south Florida video production and marketing companies.