Our Chair persistently authorises payments using the discretion afforded to him in the Financial Regulations. These range from paying his window cleaner to clean our bus shelter to buying a picture for the local history society. These are never discussed until they appear in the list of expenditures at the following meeting. I have queried on each occasion whether this was a correct use of the discretion but am advised by the Chair, Vice-Chair, and the Clerk that it is.
I was particularly hurt at the last meeting when we were discussing paying for an item in the meeting. The Vice-Chair suggested that the Chair didn't need to put it to the vote as he could use his discretion. The Chair turned to the Vice-Chair and muttered (but loud enough for me and parishioners to hear) "Don't go there, you know where that leads..".
I am now considering resigning as we only have a small precept and I am not comfortable with the Chair's use of his discretion over this.