Boise City receives good audit

The Boise City Council heard from their auditor, Crawford and Associates, telling them the budget audit had looked good.

Your audit for ‘03 fiscal year was a pretty good year. This was not atypical for like-sized cities that have seen payroll cuts, one-day a week furloughs for their employees along with 90-day delays on paying vendors,” the auditor said.

The auditor then informed the council that Crawford and Associates could no longer, due to a federal regulation serve as their auditor. The Government Accounting Office, has, since the Enron collapse decided that one company should handle financial statements and another do the auditing. Crawford and Associates made the choice for financial statements.

Though disappointed, the auditor's spokesperson told the council he realized the reason for the decision.

“There is a governmental Enron out there; it just hasn't happened yet,” he emphasized.

In other business the council made the decision to send a list of three talking points to the Cimarron County Commission on the issue of dispatching services. First on the list:

H The recommendation of including the Cimarron County Ambulance Service and the City of Keyes Police Department along with Cimarron County's Sheriff's Office and Boise City's Police and Fire Departments in the agreement.

H Second, changing the membership of the joint board, which now has Councilman Ray Damron, Sheriff David Dunn and Commissioner Joe Bocock as members, to include representatives from the Boise City Police and Fire Departments, Keyes Police Department and Cimarron county's Ambulance District.

H Consider changing the financing agreement to a formula so that supplemental funds will be provided on an equitable and fair basis.

With these entities inclusion, each would contribute financially to the dispatching services, (Keyes P.D. does at the present contribute.), for now Boise City contributes about $40 thousand each year to subsidize the dispatching services.

“The citizens of Boise City are paying about $29 each per year,” City Manager Rod Avery said .

“We are giving them [Cimarron County] money and they are giving us what they want,”  Damron said.

“I think the firefighters and police officers should have a voice,” Avery said.

As the Boise City Public Works Authority, the council made the decison to hire a company to inspect the condition of the sewer lines crossing under Highway 287 at both Fifth and Monroe Streets.