The external auditors examining problem years in Killeen’s financial records say they found no instances of fraud or abuse.

Auditors McConnell & Jones did find, however, years of problems with how Killeen administrators handled money, kept records, and they cited weak financial controls.

Spending was one of the problems.

“Our analysis of the City’s financial operations revealed that the City did not reduce the General Fund’s operating expenditures to align with operating revenues generated each fiscal year,” according to the executive summary.

“This deficit spending in the General Fund began in FY (fiscal year) 2008 and continued through FY 2016.”

Auditing firm partner Odysseus Lanier told the council the audit provided a “golden opportunity” for the city to improve.

Mayor Jose Segarra said the City Council would take all of the policies and procedures recommendations into account.

The auditors also commented on the budget shortfall of $8 million.

“The City’s $8 million budget shortfall presented to city council on June 30, 2016, was based on the budget preparation methodology and is not an actual monetary shortfall.”

City Manager Ron Olson said in a news release, “The Council and the public should be relieved by the outcome of this audit, particularly the finding of no malfeasance. A thorough examination of the past has now concluded, so we must now return our focus to the future of our community.”

The auditing firm was asked to probe seven areas. Here are the chief findings:

Capital Outlays (fiscal years 2006–16):

— Capital outlay accounting requires strengthening to prevent or discourage fraud. No fraud/gross mismanagement found.

— Unable to determine cause of 311 percent increase in general fund capital outlay spending because city could not provide supporting information. City not in violation of its records retention policy.

Use of Bond Money (2002–17):

— Of $356.5 million paid by bond funds between 2002 and February 2017, $3.4 million was analyzed, and of that amount, $3 million (89 percent) was inconsistent with the bond’s purpose, $240,416 (7 percent) was consistent, and $115,153 (3 percent) was undeterminable.

— Violation of bond document retention requirements for bond fund 344-2012/CO

Interfund Transfers (2002-17):

— No rules and guidelines defining “allowable” expenditures; policies governing interfund transfers not adequate to prevent misuse or misallocation of restricted funds, although no instances of fraud were found

Pay Increases (June 2014 and October 2014):

— Retroactive pay increases were authorized, and could break with state law that prohibits it; No long-term budget impact considered for 3 percent pay increases in June 2014; no long-term planning or analysis done for 8 percent pay increase to civil service (public safety) positions in October 2014.

City/Owner Agreements (2002–16):

— City is not following the best practices

— Four developers accounted for more than 60 percent of the city/developer agreements from Oct. 1, 2001, through Sept. 30, 2016: WB Development; Purser Family; Reeces Creek Development; RSBP Developers, Inc.

Roadway Ownership (2002–16):

— No policies or procedures in place to monitor roadway ownership.

Post-Recall Spending (November 2011–May 2012):

— Based on audit procedures, no indicators of fraud or abuse detected

— Weak internal controls that could result in undetected fraud

In a financial condition analysis explained in the final report, auditors highlighted the controversial $8 million budget shortfall presented to council June 30, 2016, as a projection based on a preliminary estimate, and that it was developed using the same methodology used in prior years.

Killeen City Manager Ron Olson said the city would incorporate the audit’s 26 recommendations into a future business plan and revisit the financial policies with the council after ratification of the city’s fiscal year 2018 budget Sept. 19.

Olson said he related to the council the biblical story of Lot, whose wife was turned to a pillar of salt when looking back at the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

“I believe it’s time to follow Lot’s example and look forward, not backward,” Olson said.

The Herald and kdhnews.com will bring additional findings from the 173-page audit to you this week.

Go to http://bit.ly/2wGmoEC to read the firm’s final report.

asierra@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7463

(28) comments

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.
@THUGNIFICENT KILLED ME: I will agree with you, but only so far as 'how it can be done'.
This city has the responsibility of governing themselves and to do that this city has to 'stand up and be counted' lest the city administration that is in power now will continue to be a power and that will cause this city, and I use the phrase 'concrete this city over and call it a patio'.

There is nothing wrong with this city that a 'turn-around will not take care of. If this city has the gumption to 'take back this city', it can be done, but not with the wishy washy attitude that I've seen exhibited so far.

And I contend that if given the chance councilman Harris can start the ball rolling in the effort that would give the citizens back their city. All it would take would be some of the 'other council persons' the back bone, the where with all to stand up to city administration, not with standing, and say, how does the phrase go, 'I can't stand anymore and I'm not to take it anymore' to 'clean up this city'.

But will it happen???? Only time will tell.

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@THUGNIFICENT KILLED ME: I will agree with you, but only so far as 'how it can be done'.
This city has the responsibility of governing themselves and to do that this city has to 'stand up and be counted' lest the city administration that is in power now will continue to be a power and that will cause this city, and I use the phrase 'concrete this city over and call it a patio'.

There is nothing wrong with this city that a 'turn-around will not take care of. If this city has the gumption to 'take back this city', it can be done, but not with the wishy washy attitude that I've seen exhibited so far.

And I contend that if given the chance councilman Harris can start the ball rolling in the effort that would give the citizens back their city. All it would take would be some of the 'other council persons' the back bone, the where with all to stand up to city administration, not with standing, and say, how does the phrase go, 'I can't stand anymore and I'm not to take it anymore' to 'clean up this city'.

But will it happen???? Only time will tell.

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THUGNIFICENT KILLED ME

So much stuff, shenanigans, and trickeration; I left out how women are sexually harassed, and in some cases sexually abused. I think we all recall the BUYOUT because one HIRELING did naughty things to a woman employee. Another HIRELING, who wants to become county judge, had some salty, naughty hijinks go on under his reign, or rain. LOL

Oh my, so naughty, women beware, they will even hide cameras in toilets to record you doing private stuff in toilets.

THUGNIFICENT KILLED ME

Sorry, but I forgot to mention that someone as mayor got money from Obama to rehab a building he owned downtown that seems to serve as some kind of depot. Months went by, money came from Obama, the dump got less dumpier, but remains a dump and depot.

Easy come, easy go...

scandal, corruption, graft, allegations, money disappeared, taxes go up, services go down (why in the hell does a city SELL you water, garbage removal, and sewer services, while your pipes burst and roads disintegrate)? Shouldn't your taxes cover all of that? Wait until they put toll booths on certain roads. What? You didn't know they're thinking of clever ways to install toll booths on the roads???

They have a few more surprises in store for you, or as Kin Jung Fool says, "Gift packages for you."

THUGNIFICENT KILLED ME

Okay, I think everyone who has posted on this thread gets it. However, I must clarify a point or two. OLE KING of KILL'em runs things, don't anyone think otherwise. As far as someone hired to be THIS, or THAT, he or she is simply a HIRELING. Some HIRELINGS have lofty, hifalutin titles, some have low ranking titles, they all serve OLE KING of KILL'em and hi$ many bu$ine$$ intere$t$.

Let's not be deceived by any of this crook$, no one is going to clean up anything. All of them hifalutin or lowfalutin HIRELING$ will do exactly what OLE KING of KILL'em dictates, directs, and requires.

The only thing that will change is you will get poorer, they will get richer, even if some of the hifalutin ones get fifty bucks a month.

They'll keep building health club$, waterpark$, and buying churche$ to enrich themselves, while you starve.

There was much ado and a great ruckus about RECALL, a few years back. The leader$ of the recall got signatures to recall the BETTER$. OLE KING KILL'em got wind of that and sent one of his princesses (who builds $TUFF) and pretended to care about the recall. The only thing, the leaders of the recall claimed they would clean things up, serve only ONE term if you put them in office. The BETTERS simply exchanged seats on the TITANIC, and a new MAYOR blabbed loud and [proud, meanwhile nothing changed except you had less, they had more.

They won't change. If you want better, you gotta do better and get the H outta their KINGDUMB. They're KILLING your babies, miseducating them too, HELL they now refuse to feed 'em, if you forgot to recharge their lunch accounts. I wouldn't eat that gruel anyway, I'd eat bologna sandwiches first or wait until I got home.

All in all, they spent thousands of the dollars they stole from you to pay someone to fool you into believing they ain't stealing from your taxes. Yeah, you believe that if you want. As far as the Lone Stranger riding in on white horse to clean up KILL'em, don't make me laugh or cry, just another lie.

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

@Timebandid: I agree with you sir, 'this council has shown me very little with the exception of council Harris. He is, I believe, one that will support this city. The other council people have shown to this person that all seem to indicate a general feeling of. 'You can kiss my posterior', all except like I say, councilman Harris.

I too disagree that not only should Dr. Farris have been given the boot many months ago, but also with this newspaper reporting our city attorney 'shred many documents that could have been prevalent, but she committed this act 'after' the audit was called for, and I could name others that should be given their walking papers, but that is only my personal opinion, you members of the killeen city group of citizens, you must make up your own opinions.

And @overseer: Again I agree. It is the opinion of this writer that councilman Harris 'is' the only one that sincerely cares about this city wants to correct the imbalances that have continued to get prevalence in this city and among the council members. I will continue with my support of this councilman.

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timebandid

It has been irresponsible of past City Managers and the Finance Dept., in general, to place items before the city council that were well over budget. The "go to" answer of the mayor and others is, "Well, the city council approved it". It is my hope that Mr. Olson will not allow things to be placed before the city council that destroys the city budget. The council approve expenditures based on the information provided by the Finance Dept. I believe that many of the past proposals , which were approve, were based on faulty if not deceitful information. Mr. Olson should take a close look at his staff and rid the city of those who have present misleading information, starting with Ann Farris. As others have already stated, it is difficult to know how thorough the audit has been when some of the requested forms were never given to the auditor. They can only analyze what is given them. So, now let's move ahead with caution. Much of our city's future is in the hands of City Manager, Ron Olson. I believe he understands the trust we have placed in him to correct the sins of the past administrations.

overseer

@Eyeswatchingyou - I agree that our city council members are good for asking questions just for show with no intent to follow up; but, I believe Mr. Harris is not finished yet. In my recollection of his efforts thus far, I do remember there are topics he has brought up that have such rattled the "City Council Clan" to such a degree that they not only hindered his questioning and, or statements but, have voted down some of his agenda item discussion proposals to help correct some of the wrong that is going on in this city. In my humble opinion, questioning is the first line of obtaining and pursuing reason and change. I think he is doing a good job so far.
@Thug - you are spot on sir. The "King" is not the Mayor or council members but, the money. the Mayor and certain members of the council are merely the servants and slaves to it. It appears that, in the end, the auditing firm bowed before the servants of the "King" as well.

eyewatchingu

@Alvin and thug lmao, they so slick they tried to sly this part by us, hidden in another story. And I quote from
http://kdhnews.com/news/local/controversial-zoning-request-goes-before-killeen-council/article_172c7a7a-92b5-11e7-8160-8b91f2be891e.html
In other business, the council discussed budget amendments to pay for unforeseen financial needs in the city’s street maintenance and streets divisions.
Finance Director Jonathan Locke said $74,693 was needed for vehicle repairs due to multiple engine failures in street division vehicles. The proposed funds to cover the budget amendment would be redirected from salary lag in the Killeen Police Department fund.

Salary lag is the funds that were not spent on paying for vacant positions in a city department in a given fiscal year.
At the workshop, the council also:
Discussed rescheduling the Oct. 10 council workshop to Oct. 17 due to a majority of the council traveling to Washington, D.C., for a conference.
Discussed the second public hearings on the city’s 2018 budget and property tax at a regular meeting Tuesday. The council is expected to approve the 2018 budget and property tax rate Sept. 19.

Btw this trip is not anything that needs to be done, it is not a requirement.
This is a tax payer funded trip for them to protest against DACA.
Look it up, they will now use tax payer money on themselves for their own personal gain. Guess who else is going on this trip and they aren't even on city council. Hmm seems that Mayor seat is already heating up.

THUGNIFICENT KILLED ME

@eyewatchingu The members of the KING's COUNCIL of KILL'em sure klnow how to make that 50 bucks a month they get stretch like $50,000 a week, or does Ole KING make sure they get $50,000 (or more) to keep 'em in line.[huh][whistling][rolleyes]

THUGNIFICENT KILLED ME

Fairy tales and perversions can come true if you pay enough to the right person. People have sold their soul to Satan to satiate their perverted desires.
Here is the best part, you have a head start, if you spend other people's money to buy churches and build waterparks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byxhfGVqRzE

eyewatchingu

More like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vgnj2NcMMDY

eyewatchingu

Oh and lets not forget Hail to the King and what happens when the working class gets tired of paying for the bull. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9smvyPi5ZN8

eyewatchingu

@everyone that has posted on these fairytale. This young man sums it all up. Watch. @thug and Alvin you will get a kick out of it. He speaks the truth. https://www.facebook.com/liberalloon/videos/1304607099588192/

THUGNIFICENT KILLED ME

$$$ made a man deny Christ. Money will make men or women say whatever you wish said. 'Nuff said, YO.

centexdave

Good to know there was no fraud of malfeasance. Guess that means the city's admin and finance personnel were just idiots.

Alvin

Copy from the 'Final Management Analysis':

'We applaud the efforts of City staff and management who worked tirelessly to provide data and context to enable us to successfully complete this management audit. Special thanks go out to the Audit Committee, City Auditor, City Attorney and City Manager for their assistance throughout this engagement.' End of copy.

This says it all in my view. How would an accounting firm that posts such incredible plaudits explain 'just what side of their mouth were they speaking from when they wrote, 'the above'.

And how does our illustrious mayor Mr Segarra and our illustrious city manager, Mr Ron Olsen say some of the things such as:

Copy: 'Mayor Jose Segarra said the City Council would take all of the policies and procedures recommendations into account.'

And:

Copy: 'City Manager Ron Olson said in a news release, “The Council and the public should be relieved by the outcome of this audit, particularly the finding of no malfeasance. A thorough examination of the past has now concluded, so we must now return our focus to the future of our community.”. End of copy.

Now the white wash begins. In my opinion, this city has been successful in dragging this city further into the mud that it has been in the past, but I remind you, 'This has been only my personal opinion'.

I advise each of you, the citizens of Killeen, Texas, to again re-read just what transpired here last night.

And another thing that I have been wondering,'How did the copy of: Long-awaited audit report of Killeen’s finances is tonight
Herald staff report' change it's name to 'Auditors say they found no fraud, abuse in
Killeen review
By Angel Sierra | Herald staff writer' without leaving any trace of the above copy'????

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Pharon Enochs

The following comments are indeed the opinions of Pharon Enochs. I read the article with some renewed interest. If there was not an 8 million dollar short fall just a way the budget was made, then the 5 million dollars which Baldwin found plus the one plus million dollars which was transferred from one fund to another should have just about put the city in stable financial condition. If I am using faulty math; perhaps someone could enlighten me. The key word here in my opinion was FOUND no signs of fraud or abuse by the audit company. I believe some records could not be found which seems to me to leave that question open. I also question the meaning of the words abuse when the audit results show many areas where questionable practices were used by so called very professionals who were employed by the city. I feel like as a taxpayer, I paid for an expensive tour of a stock yard and the only tangible results was a lot of bull dung. God bless America, President Trump and John Wayne wherever he may be.

eyewatchingu

@overseer Harris ask questions because he has an IQ high then the others. Yet one that just ask questions and show know follow though in my opinion is like a man on Viagra, all hype with a poor finish.
He should have spoke about 127, 000 going to programs that should not be funded by our city, when the is in crisis. We have no funding for our Police Dept.
Yet the city is going to pay out to and I quote
30,000 Killeen volunteers ( definition of the word Volunteer is NOUN- a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task.
synonyms: subject · participant · case · patient · guinea pig
Verb: freely offer to do something:
"he volunteered for the job" · "I rashly volunteered to be a contestant")
52,500 Killeen Sister Cites (Terminology: In the United Kingdom, the term "twin towns" is most commonly used; the term "sister cities" is generally used for agreements with towns and cities in the Americas. In mainland Europe, the most commonly used terms are "twin towns", "partnership towns", "partner towns", and "friendship towns". The European Commission uses the term "twinned towns" and refers to the process as "town twinning".Spain uses the term "ciudades hermanadas", which means "sister cities". Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic use Partnerstadt (De) / Miasto Partnerskie (Pl) / Partnerské město (Cz), which translate as "Partner Town or City". France uses Ville Jumelée (Twinned Town or City), and Italy has Gemellaggio (twinning) and Comune gemellato (twinned municipality).[7] In the Netherlands, the term is Stedenband (Cities-bond). In Greece, the word αδελφοποίηση (adelfopiisi – fraternisation) has been adopted. In Iceland, the terms vinabæir (friend towns) and vinaborgir (friend cities) are used. In the former Soviet Bloc, "twin towns" and "twin cities" are used, along with города-побратимы (Ru) (sworn brother cities).
The Americas, South Asia, and Australasia use the term "sister cities" or "twin cities". In China, the term is 友好城市 (yǒuhǎo chéngshì – friendship city). Sometimes, other government bodies enter into a twinning relationship, such as the agreement between the provinces of Hainan in China and Jeju-do in South Korea. The Douzelage is a town twinning association with one town from each of the member states of the European Union.
City diplomacy
In recent years, the term "city diplomacy" has gained increased usage and acceptance, particularly as a strand of paradiplomacy and public diplomacy. It is formally used in the workings of the United Cities and Local Governments and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and recognised by the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. A March 2014 debate in the British House of Lords acknowledged the evolution of town twinning into city diplomacy, particularly around trade and tourism, but also in culture and post-conflict reconciliation. The importance of cities developing "their own foreign economic policies on trade, foreign investment, tourism and attracting foreign talent" has also been highlighted by the World Economic Forum.)
45,000 Vive Les Arts ( normally is not under city controlled and usually is a private organization, funded buy ticket sells, concessions) here is an Example, The Cincinnati POPS If some do not know what they are, well then we sure in the heck know you are not cultured! (At a moment when many other American orchestras and performing arts organizations have resorted to spending heavily from their endowments to meet their annual operating costs, Cincinnati has kept its draw in recent years to the more prudent rate of 5 percent — and it says that it has raised enough money to reduce that to 4.5 percent by 2020. (The New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera, by contrast, both draw more than 5 percent a year.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/09/arts/music/a-new-labor-contract-at-the-expanding-cincinnati-orchestra.html?mcubz=1
The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra is a pops orchestra based in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, founded in 1977 out of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Its members are also the members of the Cincinnati Symphony, and the Pops is managed by the same administration. Erich Kunzel, the Pops' founding conductor, continued to lead the Pops until his death in 2009.
In 1965, maestro Max Rudolf invited Erich Kunzel, a young conductor on the faculty of Brown University, to join the Cincinnati Symphony. That October, Kunzel, a Dartmouth graduate and assistant to French conductor Pierre Monteux, conducted his first "8 O'Clock" Pops concert. Over the next four decades, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra regularly performed for packed houses in Cincinnati's Music Hall and established worldwide recognition through tours and critically acclaimed, best-selling recordings on the Telarc label.
So if Mr. Harris as you say is such a stand up man, then he would have stood up and say no to these things. As Just these three program are a drain on the system. These programs here do not benefit the need of the many, which if you study ethics, you would know that the need of the masses come before the need of a few.
Right now our city is in need pf police officers which benefit the many. 52,000 could hire a new officer, 45,000 could hire a officer straight out of a police academy from Cincinnati or other places. 30,000 could be used to buy new gear for the officers, like much needed equipment, or training programs .
So to me, Mr. Harris says one thing and is on a witch hunt for votes, if he truly was all great, he would have voted for the ethical and not allowed any of these programs funded.

What is ethics: 1 Noun: moral principles that govern a person's behavior or the conducting of an activity.
"medical ethics also enter into the question"
synonyms:
moral code, morals, morality, values, rights and wrongs, principles, ideals, standards (of behavior), value system, virtues, dictates of conscience
"your so-called newspaper is clearly not burdened by a sense of ethics"
2. the branch of knowledge that deals with moral principles.

So as I said, I applaud him for asking questions, yet in the end he was a disappointment.

My Personal opinion

overseer

@ Eyeswatchingyou - I must agree that it does appear that some strings have been pulled in this audit but, nonetheless, this is the report we citizens were forced to spend our money on regardless. As with everything as this city has done where there was questionable practices utilized, we are again forced to just swallow the "pill" and like it.
When you speak of "...all..." council members acquiescing to this city's corrupt ways, I do have to respectfully, disagree. From what I heard and observed about this meeting, City Councilman Harris didn't appear to, as some would say, "Drink the kook-aid".
He was the only council member who did not just say thank you and good job. He asked questions and comments none of the others would ask. He did so even to a point where the majority of his fellow council members began to try and silence him. Mr. Harris is the real deal to me. I actually believe he wants what is best for this city. Just my 2 cent analysis.

eyewatchingu

@Alvin, hey look the story changes, and was posted 43 mins ago! LMAO, seems we started this chat awhile ago.
I have been listening to the police scanner and it seems we have had a few fires today and this evening. Seems one or two vacant homes set on fire, Harker heights looking for a navigator involved in a shot fire, and many crazy stuff again.
Seems the distraction worked on us. They slid that audit right under are nose. Guess we better look forward or we may end up like Lot. I would hate to turn into salt looking back at the all mighty city council!
BTW I hear Patsy Bracey , been going around town looking for backing to run for Mayor. I guess her comment she will and I quote from the LULAC form, " if you vote for me I will wine and dine you just like Council woman Fleming'" is not far from the truth. I can't believe she is already out and about trying to get votes. Wow does any one in this town read the rules or laws? Is there just something wrong with actually reading? Or is it a problem with comprehension skills?

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

@eyewatchinhu: Yes I believe he just stated that 'it does not matter what this federal government says or does, he will go it alone'. That is not a Democracy in action, it is a form of autocratic government'. And more of these city states have adopted this posture. More of these city's are adopting this same philosophy, the 'regardless of what this federal government says, we will do it our way', but they are suing this government for the free money they think they are allowed. And the same can be said for city's like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, they all feel the same.

We need our government back, not their's.

And I was just watching the national news and I think he was a Democrat who said, and I will paraphrase here: 'in speaking of the Dreamers, he referred to the 890,000 as the most competent and brightest our country has to offer'. In my opinion, that was a 'slap in the face' to our young citizens. That was the liberal ABC network if you care to run the 1730 hour news broadcast.

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One of the 4.58 % who voted.

eyewatchingu

@Alvin Real news update for you! “Chicago, our schools, our neighborhoods, our city, as it relates to what President Trump said, will be a Trump-free zone. You have nothing to worry about,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said of Trump's decision to end DACA." So basically Chicago just succeed from the USA, so that means our government should cut off all funding, am I not right on this? Basically The Chicago mayor declared war on our President! https://www.facebook.com/WashingtonExaminer/videos/10155235228684160/

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

I just received a copy by the internet that Obama is saying that for President Trump to disqualify the 'Dreamers' was cruel.

My question is 'why is Obama so interested in the interest's of illegal's that he does not consider the feelings of citizens of this country'????
Many people have said that the 'rein of Obama' was the ruination of the country. I can certainly see the truth to that statement. Now, in my opinion, the current President of this country, President Trump, is pulling the strangle hold that this country was in the grasp of.

In my personal opinion, it's high time that this country gets out from all the tangle that we have been suffering from and turn to straightening out this country and one of the first things that is to be done is 'send all of the index finger pointing illegals, the flag burning, the flag spitting upon people of the age that these 'dreamers' fit into. Let us straighten out our country and get our morality back in tow, and return to the culture that this country has lived, and thrived on, for the last couple hundred years. We are certainly not doing that now.
And in doing so, maybe we can stop the monetary gain that has grown, as in the case of bringing back into control and stop the oil company's from charging the price that they so freely charged immediately from the Hurricane Harvey. The oil that was in their crude tanks was bought at one price, then because of Hurricane Harvey, they immediately started increasing that price, 'because of Hurricane Harvey'. Are they going to again, when any repairs are made, get a tax write-off for all of these repairs in addition to the price increase that we are witnessing right now. That to my way of thinking is 'Double Dipping' and it's because 'They are allowed to do it'. We need some better control of our politicians because, you have already named it, greed and long tenure of our politicians.

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One of the 4.58 % who voted.

eyewatchingu

@Alvin I hear you and respect that, I will defend Christian values. What I will not defend is council members running around thumping a bible when they think it will get them votes, to me that is like watching a bunch of demons dancing around a snake pit.
Sick of seeing them use the churches to get votes, all they do is make Christians look stupid. To me a politician that stands up and starts preaching and praying is nothing more then the devil himself.
DACA just got pulled, that is a step in the right direction! Next is the crack down on the gangs, blm and many other groups that have bleed our country dry, and hold our government hostage.
Our city leaders drink from the well of pure evil when they submit to these groups, and refuse to follow the laws of America because they are buying votes and banking off these groups.
Like I said, it is time we take back Killeen and boot these Kings and queens off their Thrones and to the streets.
I promise this much, one officer is shot or harmed because of this council failure to provide the right course of action, I will do everything in my power to make sure they all sit in prison. Because it seems they are to selfish and spineless, to stand up to their own spoiled power hungry kids and grandkids.

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.
@eyewatchingu: Don't get me wrong, I've do not have nor do I show, any disrespect to another religion, color, sex, or any of the other/additional attributes, but I draw the line at wanting the people of the United States to acquiesce to another viewpoint, and it keeps going and going and going until before you know it, 'the 'other's viewpoint is contradicting the values that we have lived under for over 200 years now.
The Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and I copy:
'Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared Tuesday, calling the Obama administration's program "an unconstitutional exercise of authority."
Continuation of copy: "Societies where the rule of law is treasured are societies that tend to flourish and succeed," Sessions said.' End of copy.
In this I agree.

Another paraphrase is by a 'Dinesh D*', speaking on our constitutional rights, the constitutional rights of citizens, in which he said that 'illegal immigrants' have 'civil rights, but illegal immigrants do not have Constitutional rights'. In this I agree. So if the illegal immigrant wants to cause a scene, they do so 'illegally' because they are not entitled to 'constitutional' rights, they are illegal.
I believe 'we have too many others that do not agree with our form of government and that is 'diluting our culture' and this should not be the case. So all of this parading, this causing a ruckus, is all for naught. Please stay home.
And @eyewatchingu: It's not a question of 'the type of Christian you like', what it boils down to is: 'Are you the type of American who believes in this form of constitutional government that our forefathers foresaw'???? If you are then I will listen to you, and remember, 'it takes two to have a conversation'.

And I agree that I personally feel this city emanates a strong stench. Enough said.

This has been the personal opinion of this writer and nothing shall be used, in context or without or changed in any way without first notifying, and receiving explicit approval from this writer.
One of the 4.58 % who voted.

THUGNIFICENT KILLED ME

Fairy tales never come true.
Fairy tales entertain children.
Fairy tales calm angry voters, at least that's what the KING of KILL'em thinks.

eyewatchingu

The city is wanting to build a Pagoda, what will be next a mosque? How about building mihrab ( mehrab ) in each of the public school class rooms! Then we can just start sending our children to school wearing Burqu, that will solve the issue of school uniforms for our children! At lest for the females, Gangster Disciples have the men covered, since their core values are Muslim based any way. From their we can have public stoning of woman and children.
@Alvin I may not be the type of Christian you like. I will say this, I will pick up a weapon and defend my country, my garden and any Christian that seeks my aid. I may be a Christian Pagan, and with being that way, I would never allow any one to desecrate the Holy Catholic Church, desecrate the rosary, desecrate an angel, and most of all desecrate the American soil. You desecrate my garden of Eden, I promise, you will see one anger American Christian Pagan!
This city is wasting money on bull poop, bull poop is only good for gardening, and farming.
This city refuses to fund the police department, yet will over pay a chief of police in hopes to keep the blm from rioting over some kid that got shot robbing the cell phone store, and from protesting over a no knock raid that cost a Officer's life. This city has know went from low, to the lowest form any city can go. On august 3rd a 16 year kid, took shoots at a police officer. See, the BLM was hoping the cop would shoot and kill the kid and then say it was a bb gun, in hopes of starting a riot, so they could loot and burn. Know that 16 year old thug is sitting in the juvie hall, he will recruit at lest 6 others by the time he gets out. If you listen to the police scanner you will hear how the crime has increased in the last few days.
This is the same pattern spring lake had!
It is time, we the Good Americans take back the city of Killeen!

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

Once again this city administration is 'gilding the lily' by pushing this audit in 'just one of 22 items that will be presented on tonight's agenda.
I don't know how else to say it, but 'ot is my personal opinion that this city council and this city administration is nothing but a farce of what a city council should be'.
They cram in all of this city's more important functions in a late back to back function of 'audit and budget I a session that each entity should be presented in singular fashion'.

And who knows what the 'other 19 items and activity's are going to be. I have already placed my 'no' vote on this city's wanting to build a Pagoda. Where will the money come from???? We already have a budget that does not include any funding for street repair, or pot hole repair, the money is ear marked for step increases, for principle and interest payments for this city's monumental water system that could have been accomplished by other means, but that does not show up on the council's agenda does it, what we are paying each month to support this past mayor's decision.

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