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Wilson County News February 13, 2013 | 1,494 views | 3 comments
FLORESVILLE -- The Floresville City Audit Committee continues its talks of how to pull the city’s general fund from insolvency.
“Monitoring” was the dominant topic of the first two hours of discussion during the committee’s Feb. 11 meeting, as some of the findings of the city’s 2011 fiscal year audit dealt with general oversight of the city’s books. Councilman Jim Miller suggested that perhaps the council should appoint an independent committee to serve as “a second set of eyes.”
Other members of the committee were indifferent to this suggestion. City Secretary Sherry Pollok mentioning that the hiring of Comptroller Lara Feagins was the city’s response to those concerns. Others like Councilman Sherry Martinez Castillo and Douglas Jones suggested that the process currently in place should be allowed time to work.
With regard to reversing the trend of financial decline, city staff has recommended actions including:
•Leaving five positions vcant within the general fund, which would shave $215,420 from the current fiscal year’s budget. An additional $124,653 could be saved by leaving two positions vacant in the water and sewer fund.
•Freezing salary increases for 24-36 months, except for those positions covered under the Floresville Police Officers Association’s collective bargaining agreement.
•Discontinuing health insurance coverage for future retirees, along with the augmentation of a current health reimbursement arrangement.
•Limiting spending on essential services, as directed by the city council.
According to Miller after the meeting, the committee has directed City Manager Andy Joslin to seek information from the city’s bond counsel as to whether debt for the Lauro G. De Leon III Floresville Event Center can be refinanced. The committee will continue to meet in its efforts to craft a plan to rescue the city from insolvency.
In attendance: Floresville city councilmen Jim Miller, Sherry Martinez Castillo, Eric Rodriguez, and John W. Guerrero; Mayor Diana Garza, City Manager Andy Joslin, City Secretary Sherry Pollok, Douglas Jones, and Debra Conoly.
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Senior Citizen Wilson County February 19, 2013 11:47am
We have been allowing the current process time to work for as long as Joslin has been the city manager and look where that has gotten us. I wonder if he is willing to accept a pay cut or relinquish the 2 raises in whic Castillo ... More ›
We have been allowing the current process time to work for as long as Joslin has been the city manager and look where that has gotten us. I wonder if he is willing to accept a pay cut or relinquish the 2 raises in whic Castillo voted to give him. So we have given this guy 2 raises after several findings that he has not been managing the finances of this city correctly. I hope he has been given his review and that is shows the debt in this city. I never once heard him in the last 3 years say we are in a financial hole. Had he mentioned this, maybe the former council wouldnt have been pushing a sports complex or Tejeda would not have files a lawsuit against the council if he knew there was no money there, or maybe he did tell Tejeda and he went with it anyways.