SANATOGA PA – Here’s a curiosity: Lower Pottsgrove Township, which over decades has borrowed tens of millions of dollars to complete things like sewer main installations, lacks a credit card to call its own.
Guess what’s about to change?
The Board of Commissioners on Thursday (Jan. 23, 2014) authorized Manager Ed Wagner to obtain what it called a “procurement credit card,” and allowed approved employees to use it to make purchases on the township’s behalf. Neither the card issuer – Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or another – or the anticipated annual percentage rate for interest charges were specified.
Why the need? The Internet, Wagner explained.
Web retailers and vendors often offer better bargains online for plenty of things the township uses and must buy. Those electronic sellers won’t wait for, and often can’t deal with, processing the common municipal purchase order. They want more immediate payment; a credit card is the answer, Wagner said.
Advocates of shopping locally shouldn’t worry; the card can be used among merchants here at home too.
Making purchases with the card are possible because under state law the township has discretionary spending ability to buy items below certain dollar limits or that need not be submitted for public bids.
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Jan. 23 meeting):
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