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Hartford to audit city employees

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Officials in Hartford will be taking a closer look at employee use of city purchasing cards.

This decision comes after council members said they have been hearing frequent and growing concerns from taxpayers about the cards' use.

Eyewitness News did a story five years ago about how then-Mayor Eddie Perez was trying to crack down on how city employees used their purchasing cards and we're finding out there are still concerns.

Employees told Eyewitness News that there are good reasons to have a purchasing card, which is otherwise known as a p-card. 

"We used it for gas and hotels and for traveling, it's very regulated," said Lucia Esposito, who works for the Hartford Arts School.

However, there are concerns that some employees are abusing their p-cards.

After hearing concerns from taxpayers, and aware of a looming $70 million budget deficit next year, Hartford City Council President Sean Wooden decided it was time for the city audit commission to take a look.

"This is inappropriate expenditures for food, alcohol, trips, a whole list of things," Wooden said.

In a statement to WFSB, Mayor Pedro Segarra said he is in support of these moves by the City Council.

City officials did not know how many p-cards were issued five years ago.

For more information on the p-cards, click the following link.

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