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.