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Jim Miller
September 23, 2011 | 2,304 views | 7 comments

With all the uproar about a Sports Complex, Street Maintenance Tax dollars, Property Tax Rates and the Budget, our City has done a fine job throwing out a lot of details but not a lot of substance or facts. As a result of their attempt at spin, and with the help of the Wilson County News, I have been able to review the City’s audits for FY 08/09 and 09/10 conducted by P. Malcolm Gulley, CPA.

The first thing that jumps out and grabs you in these audits conducted by Mr. Gulley are the reported net operating losses of the Governmental Activities or the general fund.

For FY 07/08 expenses exceeded revenue by $ 144,708.00;
For FY 20/09 expenses exceeded revenue by $ 583,808.00; and
For FY 09/10 expenses exceeded revenue by $ 278,016.00.

In these three years, our City Government has spent $ 1,006,532.00 more than they have received in revenue.

FY 09/10, the City transferred $142,526.00 from the Water/Sewer and Refuse funds into the General Fund. This left these funds $166,416.00 in the red at year end. Bottom line, the City had to use reserves to fund expenses according to these audits.

The numbers are different! The big question that develops after reviewing these audits is why are the numbers different in the audits compared to the historical data presented in the City’s budget dated August 23, 2011; the budget that the City Council unanimously approved on August 25, 2011.

Audit reports: $ 1,020,774.00 in Sales Tax Revenue in FY 09/10
City Budget reports: $ 1,411,474.00 in Sales Tax Revenue in FY 09/10

The City’s budget reports $390,700.00 more in sales tax revenue than their end of year audit reports! End of year numbers for the General Fund are also different:

Audit reports: ($ 278,016.00)
City Budget reports: $ 113,375.00

The City’s budget is reporting that the General Fund was $391,391.00 better than their end of year audit reports.

Of even further concern in reviewing these numbers are the projections being made for FY 11/12, specifically, sales tax revenues. According to the audits, the following are the sales tax revenues for the City:

$ 970,587.00 in FY 07/08;
$ 1,014,293.00 in FY 08/09; and
$ 1,020,774.00 in FY 09/10.

For FY 11/12 the City is projecting to receive $ 1,425,000.00 in sales tax. This is an increase of nearly 40% above FY 09/10, and would require $32,338,080.00 in additional taxable sales to occur.

How long will the City’s financial reserves last under this Mayor, Council and City Manager’s style of fiduciary management?
 
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Country Chick  
Floresville, TX  
September 28, 2011 12:45pm
 
Wow Sam Eagle! This town sounds like a little Obamaville. Hum.

 
Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
September 28, 2011 11:00am
 
No, the tall tales is what these crooks tell you when it's election time. These same crooks are the ones who are rumored to bribe people to get votes -- either with a sandwich for lunch or with money or pills left on the dashboard ... More ›

 
Jim Miller  
Floresville, TX  
September 28, 2011 8:33am
 
A Tall Tale indeed. But by whom? These are the numbers reported in the City's Budget that is available on their website at: http://www.cityoffloresville.org/city-government/files/budget-proposed-2011-2012c.pdf It is ... More ›

 
Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
September 27, 2011 10:04pm
 
This story sounds like a tall tale

 
newguyntown  
floresville  
September 24, 2011 12:44pm
 
how can there be a different year ending number on the budget report from an authorized OFFICIAL year end audit.This question should be asked, if there was a mistake then the whole budget is worthless because supposed projections ... More ›

 
Ms. S. V.  
Floresville  
September 24, 2011 10:35am
 
So, this means that the money was there -- they just did not tell the people WHERE it was ...

 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
September 23, 2011 5:57pm
 
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