Imprest Fund http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh Council Approves Elimination of Mayoral Petty Cash Fund http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-council-approves-elimination-mayoral-petty-cash-fund <p>Pittsburgh City Council unanimously voted on Wednesday to give preliminary approval to a bill that would terminate a $10,000 "imprest fund" used by the mayor at his own discretion primarily for travel expenses.</p><p>Though he didn't suggest that Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has improperly used the 18-year-old fund, sponsoring Councilman Corey O'Connor said he thinks the mayor should go through the same process of reimbursement for travel expenses that's followed by all city employees.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 17:33:46 +0000 Noah Brode 8021 at http://wesa.fm City Council News with Noah Brode http://wesa.fm/post/city-council-news-noah-brode-1 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">We check in with </span>WESA<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;reporter Noah </span>Brode<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"> for a look at Pittsburgh City Council. This week the council will be taking a final vote on legislation that would launch an audit of the healthcare eligibility of city employees' and retirees' dependents. Also a preliminary vote on a bill that would eliminate the "mayoral </span>imprest<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"> fund." A bank account that can hold up to $10,000 at a time for the mayor's as-needed travel expenses. New funding for the Urban Redevelopment Authority is being allocated. And several bills to change Bureau of Police policies are still in the works.</span></p><p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:09:22 +0000 Heather McClain 7854 at http://wesa.fm City Council News with Noah Brode Pittsburgh Council Bill Would Repeal Mayor's Special Expense Fund http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-council-bill-would-repeal-mayors-special-expense-fund <p>Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O'Connor introduced a bill Tuesday to repeal a 1995 law that set up a special "imprest fund" from which the mayor could withdraw up to $10,000 at a time for travel expenses.</p><p>O'Connor said he is not suggesting that Mayor Luke Ravenstahl or any other city leader used the fund illegitimately. Rather, he said his legislation simply requires the mayor to file for travel expenses via the same process used by all other city employees.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 15:30:59 +0000 Noah Brode 7525 at http://wesa.fm