County of Chautauqua
Industrial Development Agency
Credit Card Policy
Purpose: To establish the Policy and Procedures for the use of CCIDA corporate credit cards.
It is commonplace for organizations to use credit cards for the convenience of making purchases on behalf of the organization. In some instances, purchases can only be made via a credit card as manual checks are not accepted (i.e. hotel reservations, internet purchases). In order to simplify the process for purchasing certain items on behalf of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (“CCIDA”), the following policy outlines the use of credit cards.
A resolution will be presented to the board prior to the issuance of the credit card that authorizes
- The approval of the issuance of a credit card and the number and type(s) of credit cards to be used such as general purpose cards or vendor specific cards
- Identify all authorized users
- Set appropriate credit limits
- Establish custody of the cards when not in use
- The uses of the card
- The appropriate internal control structure for monitoring the use of the card
- The approval process for payment of the charges.
- Establish a means to recoup any unauthorized expenditures.
The use of an CCIDA credit card(s) shall be in accordance with, and is not intended to circumvent, the CCIDA’s Procurement Policy and/or the CCIDA’s Travel, Conference, Meals and Entertainment Policy.
The CCIDA shall be permitted to obtain and utilize a credit card(s) as so authorized by the resolution and preferably with the CCIDA’s primary bank. In addition to the CCIDA itself, the individuals authorized to be issued a card are listed on Schedule A, along with the credit limit authorized. Schedule A shall be updated as the individuals authorized and credit limits change. The credit cards will be issued to the specific individuals listed on Schedule A in order to help maintain accountability. Once issued, unless otherwise determined by the CEO, all cards are to be locked in the Treasurer’s lockbox when not in use. If an individual is no longer designated as a cardholder, and/or leaves CCIDA employment, the card issued to this individual will be cancelled. As determined by the resolution of the CCIDA, only authorized personnel of the CCIDA may be assigned and use the CCIDA Credit Card.
The audit and finance committee will evaluate the use of the cards on a yearly basis to determine the continued need for the card and the nature and type of purchases being made.
III. Use of Cards
All purchases made on the CCIDA’s credit card must comply with the CCIDA’s Procurement Policy and Travel, Conferences, Meals and Entertainment Policy. The CCIDA credit card may be used only for official business of the CCIDA to pay for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of work-related duties for the CCIDA. The card may be used only for the following purchases:
- Hotel reservations
- Rental car reservations
- Travel related expenses including but not limited to airfare, train fare, taxi fare, parking and the like
- Training, conference, luncheons and seminar registrations
- Internet purchases where a vendor will not accept a check included and not limited to office expenses
- Purchase as approved under other Agency agreements
Personal expenses on the CCIDA’s credit card are strictly prohibited. A credit card that allows cash advances or cash back from purchases is also prohibited. The card will be issued in the name and liability of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency with the name of the individual authorized on the card.
The employee issued the credit card is responsible for its protection and custody and shall immediately notify the Treasurer or CFO if the card is lost or stolen.
Employees must immediately surrender the CCIDA credit card upon termination of employment. The CCIDA reserves the right to withhold the final payroll check and payout of accrued leave until the card is surrendered.
The use of the CCIDA credit card may be substantiated with a purchase order, receipts and documentation detailing the goods or services purchased, cost, date of the purchase and the official business explanation. Receipts and documentation must be submitted to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) following the purchase to reconcile against the monthly credit cards statement.
At the end of each month, the CFO is to review the monthly card statement and reconcile it with the receipts and documentation received for that month. The CFO should determine that all purchases are supported by documentation. Any variances are to be investigated. Any purchase/charge without appropriate supporting documentation requires a detailed explanation and description and the written approval of the Chief Executive Officer (or Board Chair in the case of CEO changes). Unauthorized or improper purchases will result in credit card revocation and discipline of the employee. The CCIDA shall also take appropriate action to recoup unauthorized or improper expenditures. Once the reconciliation is complete, the CFO will initial the reconciliation to show it has been completed.
Once the credit card has been reconciled, payment via check will be made. All purchases made with the endeavor to do so credit cards shall be paid for within the grace period so that no interest charges or penalties will accrue.
|Name||Title||Credit Limit Authorized|
|Rosmarie Strandburg||Project Manager||$ 5,000|
|Kayla Strandburg||Assistant CFO||$ 5,000|
|Nathan Aldrich||Economic Development Coordinator||$ 5,000|
|Kristine Morabito||Project Manager||$ 5,000|
|Carol Rasmussen||Business Development Manager||$ 5,000|
Reviewed and adopted this 26th day of September, 2023