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Purchasing Equipment and Supplies from Confidential Funds

Reference Number: MTAS-353
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: May 09, 2016

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The Municipal Purchasing Law and local municipal purchasing ordinances apply also to normal purchases of supplies and materials from the Drug Fund special revenue account. However, if confidentiality is required for a purchase, these rules are suspended. Please note that there are specific procedures to follow even though other purchasing rules are not in effect. Documentation, including invoices and price quotes, shall be filed in support of the disbursement of funds to establish a paper trail of the use of cash. Care should be exercised in following proper procedures regarding these exceptional purchases.

It is popular opinion that the purchase of security recording devices is a confidential purchase. This view is incorrect. There is no reason the purchase of a briefcase camera or clandestine recording device would be confidential.

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