Dear Russ,Last year, because of the conflict between the mayor and the city council over the budget, I looked into the issues that seemed to bother one side or the other. Without finding fault with either side, I found that better laws providing transparency and confidentiality in the audit process and a law that would guarantee accountability in fiscal matters would help resolve the conflict between the Mayor and City Council and would provide better information to the public.As a State Legislator, I proposed a GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) bill and later joined with Republican State Senator Travis Holdman to advocate his bill, a better version, not only mandating GAAP, but also internal fiscal controls for government and legislated improvements in the audit process.Why GAAP? Because through a method of having to record not only what the revenue is when it comes in and the expenses when they go out, GAAP requires the bookkeeper to record those accounts payables that add up from one time period to another and are still liable for us to pay.GAAP would require that if a Mayor is going to claim that there is an $800,000 positive balance in the General Fund in the month of June, 2015, the Mayor would also have to note in the controller’s books that there is a liability to the General Fund of more than $3.7 million in unpaid bills to the surgeons and physicians.These new laws could not come soon enough for Evansville.Transparency is so lacking in the Mayor’s Administration that there is reason to worry about the future of our fiscal health.There are questions that need to be answered.1) How does the Mayor and the Controller explain the $800,000 balance to the good in the General Fund mentioned above?2) This situation with the health insurance fund is aggravated by the fact that in both May and June of this year not one nickel was moved from the General Fund to the health insurance account to pay these and other health care bills. This was not the case the same time last year when $4 million was moved to the health insurance account to pay bills in the same months. We all know that health care costs are not going down. Why this year the total moved from the General Fund to the health insurance account is ZERO for May and June, when it was $4 million last year?3) And, why at the same time would the administration charge the Utility Department for health insurance for those months of May and June of this year, 2015 and not charge the General Fund, as above? Is it because it is easier for the Utility Department to run to the IURC and request a rate increase to property owners already burdened by bills they can’t afford? Is it because the administration needed to show a positive balance in the General Fund, the supposed $800,000, a balance that now is at best misleading?Instituting an accrual method of accounting like GAAP will tell the real story about our finances, as the accrual method requires you to enter revenue when earned and expenses when occurred and liabilities when they exist. When the City requested the advance of $2.5 million from the Water Department to make the City appear in the black the end of 2014, this would have been noted as a liability for the General Fund because it was 2015 monies advanced in 2014 and so taken from use in 2015. It should have been paid back before the end of 2014.I am asking, Russ, that the administration respond to these simple questions. As we approach the budget hearings, without a clear understanding where this city is as relates to stability and a reversion of the downward trend in monies the start of every year, in monies available for expenses and monies in revenue that are reasonably projected, this administration is going to lead the City Council and the public down a rosy path of further reckless spending.If you have any questions , please contact me at 812-568-9505Respectfully,Gail Riecken, Candidate, Mayor of Evansvillecc. Mayor Lloyd WinneckeEvansville City CouncilEvansville Press Corp.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Warrant, 34th Street, one in custody, at 11:22pm November 8, 2016: TuesdayCalls for service: 117 Vehicle Stops: 26 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 65 Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 3 EMS calls Warrant, 9th Street, one inn custody, at 8:38am DWI, 34th Street, one in custody, at 2:00am November 9, 2016: WednesdayCalls for service: 63 Vehicle Stops: 6 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 23 Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 2 EMS calls City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street. Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days. Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations. Bicycle riders must obey all vehicle laws similar to that of a vehicle. They must stop at stop signs, traffic lights and ride with the flow of traffic. Bicycle riders are not pedestrians and do not have the same right of way as a pedestrian when crossing the street at an intersection. Calls for Service: 497 Daily Average: 71 November 6, 2016: Sunday Calls for service: 41 Vehicle Stops: 7 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 13 Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 3 Fire and 3 EMS calls November 7, 2016: Monday Calls for service: 70 Vehicle Stops: 22 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 27 Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 4 Fire and 7 EMS calls Theft, Coolidge Rd., at 2:15pm November 10, 2016: ThursdayCalls for service: 63 Vehicle Stops: 18 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 31 Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 3 fire and 4 EMS callsFraud, 800 block West Ave., at 11:43am November 11, 2016: FridayCalls for service: 79 Vehicle Stops: 24 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 28 Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 5 fire and 7 EMS callsCriminal mischief, Folger Ct., at 9:40amWarrant, 900 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 11:26pm November 12, 2016: SaturdayCalls for service: 64 Vehicle Stops: 14 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 30 Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 1 fire and 5 EMS callsDomestic violence, 1400 block Ocean Ave., at 2:27amWarrant, 900 block West Ave., one in custody, at 8:58amTrespassing, 800 block Coolidge Rd., one in custody, at 12:03pmTheft, 2900 block Simpson Ave., at 1:00pmTheft, 1200 block Boardwalk, at 1:14pmPUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year.