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Floresville reduces deficit by $174K amid financial recovery
Investigator Stephen Moore (l-r), deputies Crystal Zoeller and Jeffrey Dugi, and Sgt. Thomas Silvas of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office join Sgt. Devin Keen and Patrolman Billy Herrera of the Floresville Police Department as they are honored by the Floresville City Council April 24 as part of a proclamation for National Police Week, May 11-17.
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FLORESVILLE -- Continued austerity measures implemented as part of Floresville’s insolvency plan are working. The city, during the 2013 fiscal year, was able to take a $174,382 bite out of its general-fund deficit.This was some of the news presented by Patricia K. Wagner of San Antonio-based accounting firm ABIP during her report at the April 24 Floresville City Council meeting.
Wagner said that when the fiscal year began Oct. 1, 2012, the general fund showed a $244,660 deficit. When the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2013, however, that deficit had shrunk to just $70,278, which exceeded the city’s projections.
“Progress is being made through budgetary decisions to eliminate the fund balance deficit,” read Wagner’s report. “The city will continue to operate on a limited operating budget to reduce the current deficit. The goal is to eliminate the current deficit by the end of fiscal year 2013-14, and by the end of fiscal year 2014-15 to have accumulated a fund balance to cover at least one month of operating expenses.”
That was the city’s response to one of the audit’s material noncompliances, which indicated that the city still has a deficit. The ultimate goal is to build enough of a reserve to cover nine months of operating expenses.
Other noncompliances included not fully utilizing the city’s payroll module to track compensatory, vacation, and sick time. Also related to personnel, the audit concluded that the personnel handbook’s verbiage related to compensated absences needs revision.
A finding from the previous year’s audit again was an issue, in that the municipal court’s server still is not linked to the city’s general ledger and cash receipts. However, the city responded that the change would be too costly to implement at this time.
Overall, however, the city received an unqualified -- clean -- opinion, Wagner said.
“I personally think this is the best news we could have gotten,” said Mayor Diana Garza. “The staff worked very hard and they did everything they could.”
Before the council’s unanimous approval of Wagner’s report, Councilman Johnny Ray Nieto said, “The previous council of Mayor Garza, Jim Miller, Mario Morones, John Guerrero, Sherry Martinez Castillo, and [former city manager] Andy Joslin did a great job in getting the city turned around and headed in the right direction.”
Also during the meeting, the council received an update on its grant application with the U.S. Department of Agriculture from City Engineer Larry Heimer and William C. Causey Jr., both of San Antonio-based Bury Inc.
The city will seek grant funds to make improvements to Floresville’s wastewater treatment system, including expanding the plant on Goliad Road and repairing a lift station at Pajarita Creek. Heimer said the approximate cost of the improvements could total $4 million, but estimates are not complete.
Based on current trends, Heimer said he does not think the plant will need expansion for another three to four years. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requires that design work for an expansion should begin when the plant reaches 75 percent operating capacity. Construction Manager Andrew Barrientes said the plant averages 60.5 percent capacity.
Also related to wastewater, Causey said the city should have a usable wastewater model by the end of May, which will aid in future development planning.
In other business, the council voted to solicit proposals from Floresville’s nonprofit organizations, as part if its acceptance of a matching grant by the Floresville Electric Light & Power System. Last year, said City Manager Henrietta Turner, the city received approximately $5,000, which was used by the Boys & Girls Club of Wilson County.
This year, the council would like to split the money among organizations offering summer youth programs.
Also in attendance: Councilmen John W. Guerrero and Eric Rodriguez, Interim City Secretary Monica Cordova, Interim Comptroller Connie Moreno, City Attorney Louis T. Rosenberg, and Cyndi Nichols of the Floresville Permits and Code Compliance Office.
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