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County eyes credit card bills

January 12, 2019

KANKAKEE — The Kankakee County Board on Tuesday agreed to look into how it ended up with $2,300 in credit card interest and fees recently.

The board voted to hire Bourbonnais accounting firm Smith, Koelling, Dykstra and Ohm to examine the county’s credit card bills. The examination is estimated to cost the county $3,500.

County Board chairman Andy Wheeler, R-Kankakee, acknowledged the cost was more than the fees, but said it was important to find the cause of problems.

“We are going back and auditing why credit cards were so far off and why there were all of these fines and fees. Some were wiped away. Some we were stuck with,” Wheeler told the board. “The reason we want to do this is because we’re not clear where the problem happened. To say it’s the bank’s fault doesn’t allow for us to clearly tell the board why we paid fines and fees.”

At a meeting last month, county auditor Jake Lee, a Republican, agreed with the proposed audit.

During a November meeting, Wheeler blamed the auditor’s office, saying it “wholly controlled” the process. Lee, however, said the issues rested with the credit card company.

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