And we have yet another special called City Council meeting as we still have no budget:
And of course the new City Comptroller has learned to tell whoppers well from his new boss:
Former city clerks David Kolf and Katherine Smith battled medical issues over the last year, which Fillingame said contributed to some of the city’s financial problems.
Kolf resigned months ago, and Smith will retire on disability this month, Fillingame said.
The mayor said parts of the audit were inaccurate, specifically the findings that the city allowed its windstorm insurance to lapse during the 2014 hurricane season and was without workers compensation coverage for 60 days.
“We never had a lapse in insurance,” the mayor said.
Clark agreed, saying the wind insurance was a supplemental policy the city didn’t need and paperwork confirms there was never a lapse in workers comp coverage.
Who do you believe folks, the man who brought everyone this financial disaster or your own lying eyes?
Friday night the City Council passed a budget that eliminated every earmark to local non-profits except Tourism and the Senior Citizens. New cuts included monetary support for the Hancock County Animal Shelter – $17,500. The Council also added another $100,000 to budgeted Ad Valorm Tax Revenues moving that number to about $150,000 more than this year’s approximate actual. I’d tend to agree with the reader sentiment left in comments to this post that the City’s general fund will be tight for money towards the end of next fiscal year. [Link to previous Slabbed report on that budget gimmick]
Wes Muller updated his original story on the Bay budget crisis for the Sun Herald to reflect the passage of the budget Friday night. Included at the end is another quote from the Mayor that posited the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year audit, which was due to the Single Audit Clearinghouse on June 30, 2015, was somehow rushed with the Audit firm pressured to release a bad report as he waxes nonsensical for the public:
Fillingame said he feels the auditors released their findings prematurely.
“It appeared to me that they were pushed into making a presentation prematurely because they don’t typically present an audit that’s not complete,” he said. “And I would think, why else would they do it if they weren’t pressured to do it?”
Maybe one day Hizzoner will figure out the easiest way to make major internal control and compliance audit findings go away is to fix the problems identified by the auditors instead of trying to white wash them. I would not hold my breath waiting for that though.
Finally, the local paper checked in with their own story on last week’s budget battle:
Bay council approves budget, cuts funding for shelter ~ Breezy Bice and Geoff Belcher
Finally based on Councilman Boudin’s remarks Friday night those of you in the Bay that wish to ride the free Trolley have three months left to catch a free ride as no funding for the free service was included in the municipal budget for 2015-2016 beyond the original 6 month commitment.