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Section A: General News


Floresville finances receive clean audit


Floresville finances receive clean audit
Mike Bolf and Ruben Benavides are presented with the Floresville Employee and Citizen of the Month awards July 12, recognizing their efforts in preventing a drowning at the Floresville City Pool last month.


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July 18, 2012
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FLORESVILLE -- Ending much speculation and doubt as to the legitimacy of the finances for the city of Floresville, auditor Pat Wagner said the city received a clean audit.

Wagner was present at the July 12 regular city council meeting after Councilman John Guerrero placed a discussion item on the agenda regarding the city’s recent audit. The results of that audit were made public during the May 31 special council meeting.

“After much work and digging, the city did receive a clean audit,” Wagner said. “There was no money misappropriated or missing.”

Questioned why accounts had not been reconciled, City Manager Andy Joslin offered an explanation.

“The person responsible hadn’t been reconciling the books,” Joslin said. “The procedures which are in place have been for years. But now that we are changing it, I am the one being called incompetent and arrogant, but that’s my job.”

“Many of the funds were deposited into the general fund and the debts were paid from there,” Wagner said. “The bank accounts were not getting reconciled.”

Wagner said Finance Director Fonda Kellner believed she was reconciling the accounts.

“She wasn’t getting the concept in her mind,” Wagner said.

Joslin said that the finance director was trained a certain way, although incorrectly, but said that with the hiring of Comptroller Tom Smith, Kellner is being properly trained on how to handle the city’s accounts.

Councilman Mario Morones praised the citizens who raised concerns regarding the audit for asking the right questions.

“If these questions wouldn’t have been asked, we might not have fixed the issues,” Morones said.

Also during the meeting:

•The Floresville Peanut Festival Association’s 2012 “Court of America’s Majestic Beauty” was introduced to the council.

•The city recognized Mike Bolf and Ruben Benavides with the Employee and Citizen of the Month awards. They share the awards for their roles in preventing a drowning at the Floresville City Pool last month.

•The Floresville Economic Development Corp. received the Subsidiary Award.

•Cody Brewton of Las Lomas K9 Rescue and Adoption presented a plan to the council for uniting lost pets with their owners.

 

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Small Town Girl  
Floresville  
July 31, 2012 7:30pm
 
I hope that those individuals that know the truth will continue to come forward and not be afraid. I have been waiting for this to happen for many years. People have lied, people have been bribed and they would not come forward. ... More ›

 
One Voice  
Floresville  
July 31, 2012 5:50pm
 
I considered my self slapped.! I do get your point and agree with it. ... But - I also want this crew to be front and present for their punishment when this finally cracks. People are beginning to talk - telling stories ... More ›

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
July 31, 2012 4:40pm
 
No we don't need those 2 yahoos on the council vote someone new in and have the new Mayor order an investigation and forensic audit. It will all come out an the city manage and the crew will have to answer.

 
Small Town Girl  
Floresville  
July 31, 2012 4:10pm
 
One Voice, let me just slap you on the face and bring you back to reality. Oh, but this is reality. Sorry! This group of people that you have mentioned are going to be responsible for bringing this city down. Maybe they should ... More ›

 
One Voice  
Floresville  
July 31, 2012 3:50pm
 
I have come to think that Gomez should win the mayorship and Castillo should be made to stay put - and the FEDC board members need to stay put. They need to face the music they are about to inflict on the citizens of Floresville. Why ... More ›

 
Jim Miller  
Floresville, TX  
July 31, 2012 2:41pm
 
TigerLily Each entity has the ability to tax property (City, County and School). In theory and by law the tax rate is determined by the entitys budget. This budget should be a reflection of operating costs and debt payments. ... More ›

 
Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
July 31, 2012 2:39pm
 
TigerLily, each of the entities you name set their own property tax rates based on the amount of revenue they believe they need to run for a fiscal year. The rate times your property value equals the amount of tax you pay. When ... More ›

 
TigerLily  
Floresville  
July 31, 2012 1:59pm
 
Jim, the mayor keeps saying that our property taxes will not go up. But who controls the property taxes, the city, the school or the county? Can we get some clarification on this?

 
Concerned Tax Payer  
Floresville, Texas  
July 31, 2012 12:40pm
 
The FEDC has agreed to fund the sports complex. The FEDC has failed to honor their promise to provide $100,000.00 per year to the ACCD. Now ACCD is leaving Floresville depriving our children of an opportunity for inexpensive ... More ›

 
LaLa Land  
Floresville, TX  
July 31, 2012 11:53am
 
Can the voters force the use of sales tax revenue for the sports complex to be decided thru election rather than the City Council or FEDC decisions? We have already said we wanted a vote on it.

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