- Associated Press - Thursday, August 6, 2015

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The Hawaii County Council is considering strengthening laws after an audit of the county’s government credit card program found evidence of misuse.

Puna Councilman Greggor Ilagan says he has prepared a bill that should be ready for council meetings this month, West Hawaii Today reported (https://bit.ly/1JNCcYh ).

“I just wanted to take the first step,” Ilagan said.

Council Chairman Dru Kanuha says he’s also considering a bill.

“I want to make sure we’ve got the right wording in there,” Kanuha said. “I’m still working on that and whether I put something out there remains to be seen.”

The audit found that Mayor Billy Kenoi’s record keeping was inconsistent, with many purchases going without receipts of explanations, but that most pCard use does not have problems.

Kenoi has admitted to using the card for big bar tabs and surfboards. He has paid back more than $31,000 of the almost $130,000 he charged during his tenure.

Kohala Councilwoman Margaret Wille said Margaret Wille said she doesn’t see the need to change policies over the mayor’s misuse.

“I just think we need to be candid here,” Wille said. “Certain things are against the rules. Certain things were done against the rules and now we’re saying, ‘Let’s clarify the rules.’”


Information from: West Hawaii Today, https://www.westhawaiitoday.com

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