Garland’s audit comes with cautions
Leader Staff Writer
The annual audit report for Garland City was deemed clean, but came with a few warnings.
The council was given their annual audit report a few months late as auditors worked with the city to get all its financial information together. For the June 2011 to June 2012 fiscal year, the city’s enterprise fund made a profit of $76,000 after a previous year loss of $48,000. The city increased their water rates to help balance that fund and to help make bond payments.
The audit report also urged the city to keep their meeting minutes current.. The city was also dinged on the audit report, for not budgeting items properly.
This issue goes back to previous projects not budgeted for but completed. Every project needs to be put in the budget as a line item and voted on before it begins.
“We need to monitor that monthly,” said councilman Scott Coleman.
The council was advised to move, vote and hold public hearings when budgets are amended.
Four departments in the city went over budget and cash disbursements weren’t done properly with purchasing policies. Councilmembers were also advised to get three bids for every project and to take careful notes of those bids. Lastly the council was told to spend wisely and keep the legal five percent limit in the general fund.
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