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Ordinance Adopting Guidelines for the Expenditure and Reimbursement of Contingency Funds for the Office of County Commissioners

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Date Introduced: 12/3/2008
Date Passed:

Daley, Goslin, Silvestri
Claypool, Collins, Moreno, Quigley, Suffredin


Ordinance to establish guidelines for the expenditure of Contingency funds for County Commissioners.

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Referred to Committee on Finance.

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WHEREAS, the annual budget for the government of Cook County includes contingency funds for each individual office of County Commissioner, and


WHEREAS, the contingency fund is appropriated to provide for the expenses incurred for the normal and customary operation of each office of County Commissioner and for the reimbursement of expenses associated with the normal and customary duties of the office, and


WHEREAS, the contingency fund is provided to each office of County Commissioner to assist the Commissioner and staff of that office in the performance of their duties.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED, by the Cook County Board of Commissioners that Chapter 34 Finance, Article II County Fund and Accounts, Section 34-40 of the Cook County Code is hereby enacted as follows:


Sec. 34-40.      Use of County Commissioner contingency funds (018-890).


(a)       Contingency funds are provided to assist the County Commissioner and appropriate staff in the execution of duties related to the office; the following guidelines shall apply in the expenditure and reimbursement of contingency funds for each office of County Commissioner:


(1)       Contingency funds shall be expended for:


a.          Travel and transportation expenses;


b.          Attendance at meetings, including meals and events;


c.          Attendance at civic, social, fraternal, and other events sponsored by community groups and associations, including religious and charitable events, as long as such expenses are for attendance at such events and not for the general promotion of any particular religious, philanthropic or charitable mission or objective;


d.          Newspapers, journals, and other materials providing information or research;


e.          Educational programs related to government, finance, or specific curriculum generally associated with the functions of county government;


f.          Enhancement of any other budgetary appropriation within the budget of the office of the County Commissioner;


g.          Expenses incurred by staff of the Commissioner, as approved, within these guidelines.


(2)        Contingency funds shall not be expended for or accepted as additional income to a County Commissioner;


(3)        Each office of County Commissioner shall submit an expenditure report detailing the expenses incurred during the prior period to the office of Secretary to the Board of Commissioners on a monthly basis.


Effective date:            This Ordinance shall be effective upon adoption.


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