Pittsburgh City Council gives preliminary approval to closing mayor's credit card

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A bill sponsored by Pittsburgh Councilman Corey O'Connor to close a special fund used by the mayor's office for travel received preliminary approval this morning.

The legislation would abolish a $10,000 imprest fund that's linked to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's city credit card and used primarily for travel for the mayor and members of his staff.

The fund was established by a resolution of council in 1995 under Mayor Tom Murphy.

Mr. O'Connor wants to do away with the fund because he wants the mayor and his staff to abide by the same travel policy that binds other city employees, who must submit travel and expense records to council.

The imprest fund is not reviewed by council but instead is audited annually by the city controller.

The bill received unanimous approval in this morning's council meeting. It is up for a final vote next Tuesday.

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Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com, 412-263-2533 and on Twitter: @MoriahBee.


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