Archive for Monday, December 19, 2011

Basehor City Council sticks with tougher audit at extra cost of $9,000

Basehor City Hall is at 2620 N. 155th St.

Basehor City Hall is at 2620 N. 155th St.

December 19, 2011, 11:35 p.m.

Updated: December 20, 2011, 6:52 p.m.

The city of Basehor will continue to use a more stringent but more expensive method of accounting in its annual external financial audit after a split vote by the Basehor City Council on Monday night.

The council approved, 3-2, an external audit for the 2011 fiscal year that will be compliant with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), at a cost of $17,900. Members David Breuer and Travis Miles opposed the motion.

The firm performing the audit — Lowenthal, Webb & Odermann of Lawrence — also offered the option of a less rigorous cash-basis audit, at the cost of about $9,100.

Council member Iris Dysart said the GAAP-compliant system of auditing had served the city well in recent years.

“We've done this for five years, and I would like to stay with it,” she said.

Miles distributed to the other council members a survey he'd conducted on the matter, using information from 2009 and 2010 posted to the state of Kansas' website (available in the meeting's agenda packet here). He had sampled about 25 percent of the incorporated cities in Kansas, he said, and Basehor had the smallest population of any city to use a GAAP-compliant audit. Basehor was also the only one of 93 third-class cities in the sample to use a GAAP-based audit.

According to the survey, the city of Bonner Springs does use a GAAP-compliant audit, while Tonganoxie uses a cash-based audit.

Miles said he'd prefer the city to save the roughly $9,000 it would cost to perform the GAAP-based audit.

Dysart noted that many of the third-class cities listed had much smaller populations than Basehor.

Former city council member Jim Washington, speaking during the public-comment portion of the meeting, said he'd long advocated for the city to use the more stringent GAAP-based audit after a former city employee, Jennifer Srubas-Willis, was convicted in 2003 of misuse of public funds and forced to pay the city $15,000 in restitution.

Council member Fred Box said the “turmoil” currently going on in the city was one reason to stick with its current auditing system.

“Everybody knows what's going on,” Box said. “I think right now we ought to keep the GAAP audit.”

Also at Monday night's meeting, the council:

• Directed, 5-0, city staff to continue preparing for an annexation of Leavenworth County Sewer District No. 3 and to prepare a report on the matter in time for the council's work session in June 2012.

Interim city administrator Lloyd Martley said the staff would need at least about six months to prepare the report, which the city would need to send to the Leavenworth County Commissioners to begin the process of annexing the sewer district south of town.

Several more steps, including a vote of property owners in the sewer district, would still be necessary after the submission of the report for the annexation to become final. In October, council members agreed to reduce sewer district residents' sewer connection fees by about $1,000 each when annexation was complete.

• Entered into two 15-minute executive sessions, citing attorney-client privilege, with city attorney Shannon Marcano, Martley and Mike Seck, an attorney representing the city's liability insurance provider.

• After a public hearing, approved, 5-0, a 2011 budget amendment for the city's solid waste fund, increasing the fund's budgeted expenditures to $280,000 from $209,000. City clerk Corey Swisher said earlier this month that the fund's revenues would allow for the increased expenditures.

• Approved, 5-0, the renewal of a liquor license for Shorty's Liquor and Party Shop and a cereal malt beverage license for Casey's General Store, a resolution supporting the Basehor PRIDE organization, a mutual emergency aid agreement with the city of Lansing, a resolution establishing city boundaries and a municipal court services contract with the Leavenworth County Probation Office for 2012, all as part of the consent agenda.

This story has been changed to correct the identity of the additional attorney who attended the council's two executive sessions.

Comments

careforthetown 2 years, 11 months ago

(Martley's Attorney) The Fox is watching the hen house.

Someday the city will learn that covering up MISTAKES AND BAD DECISIONS by it's hierarchy is not, I repeat not the best Policy.

I Hope that Matt Erickson gets a hold of whatever this story is and for that matter the Local and national news as well. Sadly that seems to be the only way to affect change in some cities.

When will people learn that lying about things creates a short term fix that always makes it a long term problem...

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good_ol_boy 2 years, 11 months ago

You are always on an attack with anything that mentions the employees or Police Department. What do you have against them?

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careforthetown 2 years, 11 months ago

I know a few people that work for them. I also know how they treat their employees. I hate seeing good people Treated badly. I think the police have come a long way but it could certainly be so much better with good Leaders and people that set good examples. Unfortunately that's all I can say at this point for fear of retaliation against former and current employees.

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good_ol_boy 2 years, 11 months ago

I'd say you must be one of their former employees. Luckily all your comments give that away.

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careforthetown 2 years, 11 months ago

You're intellect is truly astounding if you're able to get that out of my comments. You Obviously are currently a supervisor or you would most definitely fit right into the good old boy system.

Lucky how your name Good_ol(d)_boy seems to be so amazingly appropriate.

Luckily this is a public forum. I was making an observation as to what I noticed in the article.

Have a Blessed and wonderful Christmas.

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good_ol_boy 2 years, 11 months ago

I'm a far from a supervisor, and far from this town. Just know some of the officers that work there. I like to read this due to the entertainment compared to cities and employees that have much worse problems. Just seems that everyone is crying over spilled milk to me. Spam mail can be sent by anyone who could guess an e-mail address, yet citizens are trying to drag out a lawsuit because someone found what their addresses are. Other than a few poor choices from council members, Basehor has it pretty good.

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LightTheDarkCorners 2 years, 11 months ago

5 U.S.C. § 552a As Amended

(b) Conditions of disclosure No agency shall disclose any record which is contained in a system of records by any means of communication to any person, or to another agency, except pursuant to a written request by, or with the prior written consent of, the individual to whom the record pertains, unless disclosure of the record would be--

Someone with access to city records is in violation of the above!

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careforthetown 2 years, 11 months ago

You make a good point on some of your last comments. I feel the young men and women that work in that town the best. Let's hope you're right. I probably should keep my personal opinion to myself Or maybe I'm Reading too much into some of these articles.

Have a pleasant holiday.

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