Hit for credit card use, Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis calls for audit

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As commissioners critique his credit card spending, Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis announced Monday night he wants an audit done by local CPAs Serotta Maddocks Evans.

In an 11 p.m. news release, Davis said the Augusta accounting firm is already performing “similar audits” for the city and could look at his credit card usage at little extra expense.

The demand comes as the commission prepares to vote Tuesday to have the city law department and administrator’s office look at state laws governing the use of purchasing and credit cards and develop a policy for Augusta. The item appears on the commission’s 2 p.m. meeting agenda.

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Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis livestreams his state-of-the-city address April 15. Davis announced late Monday he wants the city's internal auditor to examine his credit card spending.

In 2017, the city engaged Serotta Maddocks Evans as its internal auditor and this year has paid the firm $5,382 for internal audit services.

In the statement, Davis said he’s being subjected to “unsubstantiated allegations of abuse, misuse and misconduct of taxpayer funds” that could “weaken public trust and confidence” in its leaders, as well as discourage economic development.

Commissioners have questioned the amounts and purposes of Davis’ spending on his city Suntrust Bankcard and Elan bank-issued purchasing card, and some have already called for an audit. 

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