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Council discusses raising Board of Control spending limit

by Rachel sluss | Reporter Published: February 12, 2014 12:00 AM

Streetsboro -- City Council discussed raising the spending limit for the Board of Control and its directors Jan. 27 at its regular meeting.

The Board of Control exists to financially support everyday operations, such as city vehicle maintenance issues. Board members include the mayor, law director, finance director, service director and one member of Council. Department directors are currently able to spend up to $2,500 of budgeted money while the Board of Control must meet to authorize spending between $2,500 and $5,000 of budgeted money. If the city needs to spend more than the budgeted amounts, it needs to get approval from City Council.

Service Committee Chair Jeff Allen said the board needs to be able to approve larger expenditures to operate efficiently and avoid micromanaging.

Allen said the spending limit for the Board of Control should be raised. He proposed raising the overall spending limit to $7,500, so department heads can spend $2,500 while the Board of Control can convene for $5,000.

Several Council members responded positively to Allen's suggestion, stating they are comfortable with the proposition.

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However, Law Director David Maistros said Allen's proposed amount would not make any effective difference financially.

"I think what Mr. Maistros was getting at is, it's not going to make an impact," said Council President Julie Field. "So, either we need to increase the amount that department heads can spend to really make an impact or just leave it as is."

Service Director Bill Miller raised concern that in the event of a city truck breaking down, City Council must approve its costly repairs. He said calling the Board of Control for these issues is more convenient, and he would like to see a higher spending limit from a maintenance standpoint. Miller suggested raising the upper spending limit to $10,000 to cover maintenance costs.

After some discussion, Council agreed they would try raising the director heads' spending limit to $3,500 and the Board of Control spending limit to $8,500.

Email: rsluss@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9400 ext. 4162

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