LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The ad hoc advisory committee overseeing a management audit of the city’s finances is scheduled to provide an update at the council’s regular workshop today.

The council hired Houston-based McConnell & Jones on March 14 for $394,456 to examine seven areas of interest in the city’s past administrations. Those include: capital projects; bond money usage; interfund transfers; pay increases; city/developer agreements; roadway ownership; and post-recall spending, referring to a 2011 election in which several council members were recalled.

The ad hoc committee, comprised of council members Jim Kilpatrick, Shirley Fleming and Steve Harris, will meet at 2 p.m. today at City Hall prior to the workshop.

The committee meeting will discuss procedure for a draft report of the audit’s findings that is expected to be completed July 7.

The council is also scheduled to receive an update on a 62-acre Bruce Whitis’ planned-unit development north of Stagecoach Road.

The council approved a rezoning request for the plot March 28, making way for single-family residential development.

Negotiations between Whitis’ company, WB Development, and neighbors abutting the planned subdivision have been ongoing since 2005, when the property was first rezoned by the council to agricultural residential.

Josh Welch, a manager with WB Development, said the company is in the engineering phase of the development and wanted to update the council on new information. Welch said the item might be pulled before the workshop.

“We haven’t got as far along last week as I had hoped, so it may get postponed,” Welch said.

The workshop will begin at 5 p.m. at the Utility Collections Building, 210 W. Avenue C.

In other business, the council will discuss a resolution authorizing a sales tax compliance review of the city’s finances. Sales tax revenue account for 29 percent of funds that support the city’s operational budget each year, a council memorandum said.

The proposed review by MuniServices LLC would aid the city in detecting, documenting, and correcting sales tax misallocations and provide the city a more accurate sales tax base upon which to forecast its revenue, a council presentation said.

The firm would receive 30 percent of all funds recovered per its proposed agreement with the city.

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Pharon Enochs

The following comments are indeed the opinions of Pharon Enochs. Alvin I think you are spot on. It was my understanding from the get go the Audit Company was to report to the council as a whole not a committee which had very, very few meetings. I would like the words to come from the horse's mouth rather than it be filtered. Why the change was this one of Olson's ideas? One concept of a committee as it was told to me a long time ago is a group of people who were charged with designing a racehorse and their end result was a camel. The way this is going in my opinion the taxpayers may end up with pig. The pig may have some lip stick, paint and powder on it but the end result is it's still a pig. It would be nice if for once just once this council could do some planning and follow the plan unless there were some compelling reasons not too. Faith and trust of our council not from me. I sure hope one day even if it's just for one day I will be able to feel such comfort. God bless America, President Trump and John Wayne wherever he may be.

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Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.
Question: What has happened to the remaining members of this ad hoc committee, namely councilman Rivera, city auditor , Matthew Grady, and the finance director whose name I can not recall at this moment, but why aren't these two individuals mentioned???? Is this committee 'changing names of members of this committee like one would change their shirt or what'???? Is this to 'reduce responsibilities of each individual member????
Copy: 'The ad hoc advisory committee overseeing a management audit of the city’s finances is scheduled to provide an update at the council’s regular workshop today.'
Continuation of copy: 'The committee meeting will discuss procedure for a draft report of the audit’s findings that is expected to be completed July 7.'
Continuation of copy: 'The council hired Houston-based McConnell & Jones on March 14 for $394,456 to examine seven areas of interest in the city’s past administrations. Those include: capital projects; bond money usage; interfund transfers; pay increases; city/developer agreements; roadway ownership; and post-recall spending, referring to a 2011 election in which several council members were recalled.' End of copy.
Now it seems to me that 'this is a direct conflict of statements, one in which the ad hoc committee will discuss the procedure to provide an update and it goes on to say the committee will discuss the procedure for a draft report'. Which is it???? Just what is this committee going to do???? Again, In my opinion, this city proposed to the city council a contract proposal which covered all of the proposed areas that they wanted this Houston based McConnell & Jones to cover. This is the basis of what this contract was to cover. Let them do the job that they were hired to do without interference. This ad hoc committee should only get involved after the final report is generated and in the hands of the council. Again, this report should go directly to the members of the city council first, then in open session of the council, the seal should be broken and copy introduced to the sitting council, verified, copy distributed to each and every concerned party, then this council should 'read what this report said, and then, if discrepancies are noted, the ad hoc committee can and should be called in for discussion. If certain parts are in discrepancy, those sections should be noted and brought up to this audit concern.
Note: 'The original copy of this document should be kept as part of the contract basis of discussion'.
Copy: 'In other business, the council will discuss a resolution authorizing a sales tax compliance review of the city’s finances. Sales tax revenue account for 29 percent of funds that support the city’s operational budget each year, a council memorandum said.
The proposed review by MuniServices LLC would aid the city in detecting, documenting, and correcting sales tax misallocations and provide the city a more accurate sales tax base upon which to forecast its revenue, a council presentation said.
The firm would receive 30 percent of all funds recovered per its proposed agreement with the city. End of copy.
Question: Why is this city proposing to 'give' a contract that would be for a 30 percent of all funds recovered per it's agreement'???? Why is this city proposing to 'take out a contract that would entitle another company to make profit on what I think should be a city function???? Lets get real, if we do not employ individuals who are capable of this activity then (1) let them do this function or (2) if they are not capable of doing this activity or they have insufficient manpower to accomplish this activity, then that is the source of the problem, but let this city employed individual 'do this job'.
This has been the personal opinion of this writer and no attempt to change, rewrite, or otherwise fo anything that will alter the meaning and intent of this document will be permitted.
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