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Section A: General News


Committee talks fixes for Floresville’s finances




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January 30, 2013 | 3,551 views | 47 comments

FLORESVILLE -- Leaving at least five personnel vacancies unfilled, which could save the city $215,420 through the end of the fiscal year, is one of the ideas floated during a Jan. 28 meeting of the Floresville Audit Committee. The meeting followed one on Jan. 18, in which city officials learned that the city is financially insolvent, which requires the committee to recommend a recovery plan to the Floresville City Council. A preliminary presentation to the council was set for its Tuesday, Jan. 29, meeting.

The five positions include an equipment operator for the streets department, with the rest -- a parks and recreation director, parks foreman, and two laborers -- belonging to the parks department. City Manager Andy Joslin told the committee members that parks tasks could be completed by other employees within the city’s water and sewer departments.

In addition, committee members also discussed the ongoing water and sewer rates study, which could be a forerunner to increased rates for both services. According to information presented during the meeting, Floresville lags behind cities of similar population when it comes to the amount utility customers are charged.

Also likely to cause a slight increase in the amount customers are billed for their water usage is an input error that could date back to the implementation of the city’s InCode billing software in 2008. According to City Comptroller Laura Feagins, this has resulted in some commercial customers being undercharged. The city has been losing an average of $91 per month on each commercial customer which uses more than 200,000 gallons of water per month. She said the city is losing at least $300 per month, attributed to one of the city’s greatest water users, the Walmart Supercenter on U.S. 181.

City Councilman Sherry Martinez Castillo chided fellow Councilman Jim Miller for the legal fees paid during the 2012 calendar year, which contributed to the further deterioration of the city’s finances. Miller fired back, saying that Auditor Patricia K. Wagner’s presentation during the committee’s Jan. 18 meeting mentioned legal and professional fees, for which he provided a summary based on statements Joslin provided. Included was $24,726 related to compensating City Attorney Louis Rosenberg for litigation including:

•$12,557 to defend a suit filed by then-County Attorney Russell Wilson.

•$3,800 to defend a lawsuit filed by then-candidate Miller.

•$8,369 for a lawsuit filed by former Mayor Daniel Tejada against the members of the Floresville City Council.

In attendance: Floresville City Manager Andy Joslin, Comptroller Laura Feagins, Finance Director Fonda Kellner, Administrative Assistant Monica Cordova, Floresville city councilmen Jim Miller, Sherry Martinez Castillo, Eric Rodriguez, Mario Morones, and John W. Guerrero; Mayor Diana Garza, Douglass Jones, and Deb Conoly.

 

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Connect the Dots  
Floresville  
February 6, 2013 8:54am
 
Alvin is actually on to something (ugh). If the water district has designated land in the park unusuable, it may be in the interest of the city to "shop" that land around. Not just to Chesapeake, but to all the ... More ›

 
Alvin Charmaine  
February 6, 2013 5:11am
 
We need to come together and think of solutions. We can double down on peanut festival, do it in late April and October, charge more for street vendors, the visitor center can be HQ. We can lease some city land, like a ... More ›

 
Eric  
Floresville  
February 5, 2013 10:19pm
 
Remember when Andy Joslin hosted "Tejada for mayor" campaign meetings at his house and a good time was had by all?

 
Something else to say 2  
February 5, 2013 3:53pm
 
Cognizant - you are so correct. Ask all the members of the task force (with the exception of the two that work for FPD) how it was left when he left. Ask them why he left... the heat got really hot on him. They tried to give ... More ›

 
Cognizant  
Floresville  
February 5, 2013 3:29pm
 
WAKE UP-- The way I heard it was that Joslin took money and a car and abandoned the closing task force leaving the mess to his assistant commander. Also leaving all his agents hanging without jobs. Some might say that his ... More ›

 
Tired of the Corruption  
Floresville  
February 5, 2013 12:15pm
 
Amen, Connect the Dots!

 
Connect the Dots  
Floresville  
February 5, 2013 9:31am
 
bank·rupt Adjective (of a person or organization) Declared in law unable to pay outstanding debts: "the company was declared bankrupt". Noun A person judged by a court to be INSOLVENT, whose property ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
February 5, 2013 9:22am
 
No entity that is not responsible for generating their own funds will ever be careful custodians of those funds. Any blanket reduction in benefits would impact the individual implementing those cuts. That's why you never see ... More ›

 
One Voice  
Floresville  
February 5, 2013 8:45am
 
I think it is the leaders of the village - holding most of the responsiblity of this fiscal mess. ... and not just one person is responsible. They all (the leaders) have to agree to a large extent with one another on what ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
February 5, 2013 5:31am
 
It's the same old story of politics. After years of mismanagement at the national and local level, find a scapegoat and blame all the past misdeeds on that poor goat. Sorta like blaming Obama for the national debt when ... More ›

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