But some of this money -- perhaps
This concern was raised in a report last week by city auditors, who concluded, as they have so often in the past, that "policies, procedures and controls ... needed to be improved."
In general, the city's operating expenses are to be covered by the general fund and capital expenses, such as school construction, by the capital fund. There can be a gray area on some expenses, a valid question of whether they go under one category or the other. In the past, these were referred to the city's bond counsel. In the past year, however, some expenses, including some salaries, were shifted without benefit of legal opinion, the report found.
The city treasurer and city controller, as well as the auditors, raised questions about this several months ago, which may have saved some problems. More than
Apart from that, the auditors found
The audit is one of a series over the past year showing a pattern of inefficiency and possible negligence in city hall, in the administration of everything from credit cards to the two public golf courses.
Officials say they are sorting out the current mess and getting expenditures in the right categories. Let's hope.
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