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Appropriating Funds for the Use of a Recreation Committee

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Reviewed Date: May 30, 2017

Original Author: 
Darden, Ron
Date Created: 
Jul 30, 2012


Subjects:
Parks and recreation--Finance
Purchasing
Open meetings--Laws and regulations

Appropriating Funds for the Use of a Recreation Committee

Summary: 
MTAS was asked for clarification on appropriating funds for the use of a recreation committee.

Knowledgebase-Appropriating Funds for the Use of a Recreation CommitteeJuly 30, 2012


Mr. Charles Tucker, City Manager
City of Whitwell
13671 Highway 28
Whitwell, Tennessee 37397

Dear Mr. Tucker

You have asked MTAS for clarification on appropriating funds for the use of a recreation committee.

In reviewing the city’s ordinances, I could not find where the city commission appointed a recreation committee, commission or board. Perhaps it was done by resolution.

Regardless of how the recreation committee was created, the appropriation of public funds to a recreation committee is subject to the city’s purchasing and financial accounting system. While the recreation committee may decide how the funds will be used (unless the city commission has imposed restrictions on the appropriation), such expenditures are subject to the city’s financial accounting and purchasing regulations. The recreation committee should coordinate its purchasing and accounting through the city’s finance director. Since city commission members may be personally liable for the illegal appropriation and use of such funds, I recommend that all such appropriations and expenditures be subject to the control of the city’s finance director.

Although I do not know how many city commission members are on the recreation committee, if any, I would like to point out that recreation committee meetings are subject to the open meeting laws when two or more city commission members meet with the committee and public notice of the meeting must be given. If no city commission members are on or meeting with the recreation committee, generally, the recreation committee meetings are not subject to the open meeting laws.



Please call me at 615-772-3031 if you have questions or comments.

Sincerely


Ron Darden
Municipal Management Consultant


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