The Killeen City Council reached a consensus to draft a new ground transportation and taxi ordinance stripping away many city regulations on permitting, fees and possibly inspections at its workshop Tuesday.
The Killeen City Council voted 6-1 last week to give the audit firm investigating city finances more time to finish its work, but in doing so, delayed public results by about a month.
Auditors continue to work on the mysteries of the Killeen city financial decline, and the public can only hope they have the right focus and access to the information they need.
The Killeen City Council approved a two-week extension for the final report on a management audit of the city’s finances at its regular meeting Tuesday.
The ongoing saga over the move of Killeen City Hall to a complex in downtown Killeen took a sharp left turn Tuesday when City Manager Ron Olson announced the City Council would be staying put in its aging home on College Street.
In July last year, Killeen residents were reeling from news their city was about $8 million short of a balanced budget and managers had been overspending for three consecutive years.
With some Killeen financial records missing and some key managers gone, auditors hired to investigate the city’s finances are finding challenges.
Two public accounting firms that audited Killeen’s finances over the past nine years identified major violations in the way the city handled federal grant money.
Killeen’s 2018 budget process faced its first major hiccup Tuesday after City Manager Ron Olson candidly revealed he had “lost confidence” in the city’s revenue projections at the City Council’s workshop session.
The Killeen City Council approved a sales tax compliance review to potentially recover misspent tax revenues at its regular meeting Tuesday.
After meeting in closed session twice Tuesday to discuss the audit into Killeen's city finances, council members announced a delay of at least two weeks in seeing results in seven key areas of an investigation into the city’s finances.
The public won’t have any new information yet on the investigation into Killeen’s finances, but the Killeen City Council and city managers will be getting a glimpse.
Killeen City Councilman Steve Harris requested discussion of a 2013 agreement authorizing the creation of the Turnbo Ranch subdivision Wednesday, asking for an investigation of possible “secret collusion” in negotiations between city officials and Killeen developer Bruce Whitis’ WB Development.
The Killeen City Council discussed authorizing an outside review of sales tax revenues at its workshop Tuesday, potentially identifying funds that have not been gathered over previous fiscal years.
Killeen council members agreed unanimously Tuesday to the presentation format for how the findings of a Killeen finances investigation will be presented, but with one addition.
Whatever the results may be of an investigation of Killeen city finances, the findings will “absolutely” be made available to the public, City Manager Ron Olson said Friday.
The Killeen City Council unanimously approved new policies on waiving property code abatement liens at its regular meeting Tuesday.
Killeen residents were expecting big developments in the investigation of the city’s finances at the midaudit briefing last week.
Killeen residents lamented a lack of affordable activities for low-income youth during an hourlong discussion on city summer programs at the Killeen City Council’s workshop Tuesday.
The public accounting firm examining Killeen’s finances made no jaw-dropping revelations to the City Council on Tuesday, keeping its cards close to the vest, and breezing through its second public progress report.
Killeen residents and City Council members waiting for answers about the city’s financial mysteries might get more information Tuesday.
Killeen’s youth curfew was renewed Tuesday after more than 20 minutes of deliberation.
Only three months into his administration, Killeen City Manager Ron Olson is proving his commitment to running the city in a way vastly different than his predecessors. In his first 100 days — a milestone he reached this past week — Olson has set an ambitious course to streamline an oft-rudd…
The city of Killeen will need to find millions for infrastructure projects that were part of a 2013 agreement between developer Bruce Whitis and a previous city council.
Following a ceremony to swear in the new Killeen City Council on Tuesday, one councilman abstained from voting to appoint a mayor pro tem over accusations of state law violations by the previous council.
Killeen residents and City Council members waiting for more answers about aberrations within city finances will have to wait a bit longer.
Killeen city employees suspecting fraud are reminded about their responsibility to report it, and are encouraged to use one of several tools to do so.
The Killeen City Council engaged in a lively debate on good parenting practices prior to the first of two public hearings to renew the city’s juvenile curfew ordinance at its regular meeting Tuesday.
Two incumbents were re-elected to Killeen City Council district seats Saturday, according to unofficial polling numbers with all precincts turned in.
Defective communication and a lack of transparency left Killeen City Council members and residents in the dark on city finances, with council spending decisions being made with fragmented information.
A former Killeen firefighter arrested April 6 on charges of misappropriating local firefighter association funds also used a city credit card to purchase personal items, according to a city document obtained by the Herald and a city official.
After a point of order vote nearly derailed the conversation before it began, the Killeen City Council debated the possible outsourcing of the fire department’s EMS and ambulance services at its workshop Tuesday.
Some Killeen city officials improperly used public money, created a side account for money transfers and made a raft of questionable decisions.
Tweets from the Killeen City Council workshop, Tuesday, May 2, 2017.
Early voting is underway and Election Day is May 6, but as Killeen residents arrive at polling locations, the cause of the city’s financial problems will still be a mystery.
During Killeen City Manager Ron Olson’s 2018 budget update at the City Council’s workshop Tuesday, a number of interesting trends rose to the surface of the 45-page presentation.
Killeen City Manager Ron Olson got a head start on the 2018 budget with an expansive overview of the city’s financial status and preliminary revenue projections provided the Killeen City Council at its workshop Tuesday.
Killeen City Manager Ron Olson will bring the public up to date on the 2018 budget process when he gives his first status update during the Killeen City Council’s workshop meeting at 5 p.m. today.
A Killeen councilman who has argued against the audit he is supposed to facilitate as subcommittee chairman omitted key facts in public statements he made before voting against the investigation into possible misuse of city funds.
The Killeen City Council voted Tuesday to overturn a city planning and zoning commission recommendation to not rezone land for a 110-unit, multifamily apartment complex on the corner of Trimmier Road and Stan Schlueter Loop.
Every year, Killeen’s charter and state law dictate a mandatory audit of city finances. It serves a purpose, but the test does not exonerate the financial responsibility of officials or city administrators as much as they say it does.
The appointment of a trio of directors from a Bruce Whitis project onto three Killeen City Council committees Tuesday reveals a continued effort to place the residential developer’s handpicked selections into positions of influence within the city government.
Campaign finance disclosure forms submitted to the Killeen city government showed that Shirley Fleming, the incumbent city councilwoman for District 1 running for re-election on May 6, took in the highest amount of donations, and District 2 candidate Debbie Nash-King has the support of the K…
Last Sunday, the Killeen Fire Department was short staffed to start the day. Eight people were out due to vacation, and another four were off on their “Kelly” day, which is used to avoid incurring overtime pay. One firefighter had gone to training, and another was out on military leave. Two …
Killeen is a step closer to finding a new police chief.
A lack of attendance at a recent planning and zoning commission meeting had the Killeen City Council in an uproar Tuesday and rekindled interest in the council taking plat authority back from the commission.
The Killeen City Council reached a consensus to take no action on regulating ride-sharing apps Uber and Lyft at its workshop Tuesday.
For the second time in three days, a Killeen Fire Department ambulance was taken out of service because of insufficient staffing. The Killeen Professional Fire Fighters’ Association posted the news on its Facebook page Tuesday morning.
Killeen residents who missed the mayor give the annual State of the City address on Tuesday will get another chance — online and on-air.
The Killeen mayor’s State of the City address this year will not be held in a public forum such as City Hall, as has been the case in the past, and instead is anticipated to be released online and aired on TV Friday.
A budget amendment to pay for the coming management audit and risk-based analysis of Killeen finances unanimously passed Tuesday, but not without questions and pushback primarily from two council members who had voted against it.
Special Section: Quest for an Audit
A special report on Killeen's search.
- Editor's note: Quest for an Audit
- 'Burden of proof' on Killeen as investigation nears
- Killeen city manager provides focus on audit to council
- Council candidates, incumbents weigh in on forensic audit
- Editorial: Full audit, not scaled-back investigation, way to restore trust
- Warnings: Signs of struggle along the way
- Audit timeline
- Audit status
- Audit types