Council wants tighter rein on cash coming into city coffers
By Bob Bauder
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, 3:42 p.m.
Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday introduced legislation to place tighter control on money that comes into the city for fees and services.
Council President Darlene Harris said federal charges against former police Chief Nate Harper prompted her bill requiring all city departments to have written cash management policies, make bank deposits within two businesses days of receipt, segregate cash management duties and accept electronic payment when possible.
Council unanimously called for all city offices to accept credit and debit cards as well as cash, but provided no details on how much it would cost to switch from accepting only cash or checks.
Federal authorities charged Harper this year with using police department funds for personal expenses. His attorney said he intends to plead guilty.
The Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, which oversees city finances, and Controller Michael Lamb also have advocated for tighter cash management.
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