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This was one hell of a meeting. On the discussion regarding the Communtity Center. I thank Mr. Batte for not taking a discussion and turning it into a vote. This is the Mr. Batte, I chose to represent me and as stated in the story:
"Throughout debate, Batte insisted the purpose of the agenda item was discussion and not a vote. He felt the public was not aware a decision could be made that night. The item will return on the July 15 agenda."
Now unto the audit report: as to the finance side of the city, all I can say is ................. speechless!
"Auditors marked the city down by assigning a “significant deficiency” for allowing terminated employees to continue accessing city IT programs. The same problem was noted on the FY2011 audit and returned in 2012 as a second-year criticism."
To Council Members, this is the STORY! The last time IT was truly scrutinized and under control was during a slim time frame under an interim city manager by the name of Mr. Souza who challenged all director's spending and credibility but was replaced by Mr. Thompson for reasons that are still beyond me.
Folks! With regard to financial matters and especially past financial management, crap in will yield crap out. Bear in mind, the city is now considering spending some serious money on an accounting software package. Again, a warning to all within earshot: given unchanged management practices regardless of accounting packages: crap it yields crap out.
Even the Audit Committee understands that simple concept.
I recommend we proceed with caution, because the problem began with past management and its poor practices. Now we hear again, an audit report with the heading of "significant deficiencies".
And to Council members who are quick to spend money because we have reserves, I say: There is still fat in some budgets and need of some council members to tax to the limits of the 3% annual spending cap. This only confirms my view that some council members both past and present do NOT understand the principles of cost management but do understand maximization of tax revenue management.
Note: with rising property values some council members will be intoxicated that the city can return to the days of increase spending with no change in millage to provide a false sense of sound fiscal management. Please let us NOT repeat the failing of the past!
The best spending is the spending in the private hands of property owners to update and improve, to build homes or businesses on vacant lots or existing business owners to expand operations.
God help us all!
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