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Business: FAQ’s 
on 
District Expenses

 FAQ’s
 on
 district
 expenses

Can
 we
 use 
district 
funds 
(petty
cash, 
procard, 
expense
 reimbursement) 
to 
purchase gift
 cards
 to 
honor
 staff
 or 
students?

No, 
a
 gift
 card 
represents
 a
 “gift
 of 
public
 funds ”
there 
are
 a 
few 
exceptions 
where
 gift
 cards
 can
 be
 used 
for 
categorical 
programs 
as 
direct 
aid 
to 
students 
as 
specifically 
authorized 
by 
the 
state. Sirisha Pingali, the district's grants 
monitor 
knows 
the 
specific 
programs 
where 
this 
authorization 
has 
been
 granted 
by 
the state.

 


Can we use district funds (petty cash, expense reimbursement) to purchase food for meetings?
Perhaps, in some cases where there are daylong interview committees as an example, we feel it would be appropriate to purchase salads or sandwiches if the meeting runs through the lunch hour. The final decision will be influenced by the college policies, available funds and common sense. Remember that if you submit a request for reimbursement for food, you need to indicate the participants and the purpose of the meeting which required food. But, you cannot use procard for food expense at all, that card is limited to office supplies.

Can I claim a higher meal allowance than the per diem allowance if I have the receipts?
No, the per diem allowance is intended to offset most, but not all of the meal expenses. The only time you would need to submit a receipt is if you have paid for a meal for other staff members while traveling, but generally all staff members should request their own per diem allowance when traveling. Remember, that if the conference registration fee includes meals, you cannot also submit a per diem. You need to adhere to ethical practices when traveling on public expense. Alcohol is never allowed to be reimbursed under any circumstances.

How do I compute mileage reimbursement if I am driving to the off site location from my house and not from the college?

In that situation, mileage reimbursement is computed and paid assuming the college location is the starting point or your home address is the starting point, whichever is less.