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Purchases of 50K or under allowed without Tallmadge City Council OK

Ohio auditor recommends increase from$25,000

by Holly Schoenstein | reporter Published: March 2, 2014 12:00 AM
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Tallmadge -- The city of Tallmadge can now pay for frequently purchased goods and services with blanket certificates and without City Council's approval, as long as they cost less than $50,000.

Council approved an ordinance Feb. 27 that permits the finance department to issue the certificates for purchase orders below the threshold.

Law Director Megan Raber said the change from the previous $25,000 limit came from a recommendation from Ohio Auditor Dave Yost's Office because of a change in state law.

"The threshold was lower, and the Ohio Revised Code increased it to $50,000. It's just a housekeeping thing. We've got to change that," Raber said. "We want to be consistent [with state law]."

She said the checks and balances are still in place as Council authorizes the annual budget that includes expenses for each department. Before invoices for purchases are paid, appropriate documentation must be included.

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Items and services that typically are needed immediately, including valves and fittings for the water department and road salt, fuel and maintenance for city vehicles in the service department, are paid for with blanket the blanket certificates, according to city officials.

"You have to have authorization to spend any money, and now you don't have to keep going back to [Council] every time you need to buy a nut and bolt or a gallon of paint," Mayor Dave Kline said.

The city has about 200 blanket purchase orders for various vendors across all of its departments, he said.

Contact this reporter at 330-541-9428 or hschoenstein@recordpub.com

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