Remember the post: Make Sure You Are Calm? UPDATE

Check the receipts!  Some show tax, some show exempt.  

By:  Diane Benjamin

Read the original post here:  https://blnnews.com/2014/12/19/make-sure-you-are-calm-before-reading/

I had some help from an outraged reader, Kevin Gerrard, on a Freedom of Information Act request.  All the meals came from PCard charges, similar to a debit card but the City just gets a statement at the end of the month.

Kevin wanted to see receipts for the meals eaten at your expense.  The City asked that his first request be cut down, so he picked out some charges of interest.  Would you be surprised if the City couldn’t find all the receipts?

Way too many City employees have PCards.  The City receives a huge statement listing all the charges, itemized by employee.  As a CPA, I would require City staff to match all the charges with receipts.  If a receipts is not submitted, the employee loses their PCard.

Since they couldn’t find receipts for both Renner and Hales, I seriously doubt they are checking charges made for all employees.  This FOIA should have been easy – pull out the statement with receipts attached, copy the ones requested and return it to storage.  Another failure by government to watch your money, not to mention feasting at your expense.  Since the City is automatically charged, employees don’t have to turn in receipts to get reimbursed.  Sweet deal for them – possible fraud and abuse for you.

Here is a list of what they couldn’t find itemized receipts for, just a charge slip:

From: Andrew Coffey <acoffey@cityblm.org>
To: Kevin Gerrard
Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 1:44 PM
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information Act Request
Hello,
 
In regards to the items listed below, there were no itemized meal printouts turned in.
Thanks,
Andrew Coffey
Support Staff IV
City Clerk’s Office
missing the meal printout for David Hales and Karen Schmidt meal at Jims Steakhouse  $27.60
missing meal printout for David Hales and Leslie Yocum meal at Applebee’s on 10/22/14 $40.71
missing meal printout from Jims Steakhouse for David Hales and Jim Fruin meal on 11-13-14 $12.45
missing meal printout from Lancaster’s for Tari Renner and Carlos Robustelli on 4/25/14 $18.00
missing meal printout from Rosie’s for Tari Renner and Marty Crylouric on 4/30/14 $27.00
missing meal printout from Lancaster’s for Tari Renner and Carlos Robustelli on 4/25/14 $18.00
missing meal printout from Rosie’s for Tari Renner and Dontal Couston 1/17/14 –$27.00
missing meal printout from Rosie’s for Tari Renner and Jennifer McDade. (no date) $27.00
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Here is a list of what the City either couldn’t find ANYTHING for, or just ignored the request:

Renner Meals:

ROSIE’S PUB $ 45.61 Business Lunch with Mayor Renner and John Karnis
LANCASTERS $ 30.00 Meeting (with who?)
LANCASTERS $ 43.00 Meeting  (with who?)
MEDICI $ 156.80 Meeting  (with who?)
Rosie’s Pub $ 28.25 Business meal for Tari Renner and C. Robustelli- 11/11/14
Biaggi’s $ 44.64 Business meal for Tari Renner and S. Black- 11/13/14
Update:  Receipts for these are included below  – they were found! 
Rosie’s Pub $ 42.50 Business meal for T. Renner, P. Finch & C. Robustelli- 11/18/14
Rosie’s Pub $ 43.25 Business meal for T Renner, D Hauman & D Hauman- 11/1
Biaggi’s S $ 53.63 Business meal for Tari Renner and J. Centero- 11/25/14
Puran India Restaurant $ 47.93 Business Meal – Tari Renner, Carlo Robustelli – 10/4/14
Destihl $ 49.65 Business Meal for T.Renner, C.Robustilli, and S. Black- 11/2/14
DESTIHL $ 50.10 Business meal ‐ Tari Renner, Carlo Robustelli ‐ 9/18/14
DESTIHL $ 49.40 Business meeting – Tari Renner, Carlo Robustelli – 8/22/14
DESTIHL $ 36.25 Business meal – Tari Renner, Carlo Robustelli – Destihl, 7/13/14
MEDICI $ 31.25 Business meal – Tari Renner, Mboka Mwilambwe
ROSIE’S PUB $ 37.50 Business meal-T.Renner, B. Verricelli Jr, B. Verricelli Sr.- 7/8/14

Hales meals: 

Monicals Pizza $ 25.00 Working Lunch – David Hales, Rob Fazzini – 10/7/14

JIMMY JOHN’S # 1408 $ 14.10 Business meal ‐ David Hales, Dave Sage ‐ 9/5/14

JIMMY JOHN’S # 1408 $ 7.50 Business meal – David Sage – meeting with David Hales, 7/8/14

Jimmy John’s # 1408 $ 15.00 Business Meal – David Hales, Dave Sage – 10/14/14

Here are receipts Kevin did receive:

Hales receipts

Renner Receipts

More Hales receipts

More Renner Receipts

Notice even the tip is paid by Bloomington taxpayers.

Notice no meals are shown for Kevin Lower or Judy Stearns.  Getting fed at your expense is where “potted plants” are cultivated!

I wonder how many of those meals with no receipts had alcohol?  Since it’s against City policy to pay for it . . . .

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8 thoughts on “Remember the post: Make Sure You Are Calm? UPDATE

  1. The fountain, flamingos and countless other wasteful projects anger me, but spending taxpayer money on lunches really pisses me off!

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      1. About the only thing I can, vote. My alderwoman, Karen Schmidt is coming up for reelection. She doesn’t seem to have a problem with wasteful spending so out she goes.

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