By: Diane Benjamin
Tonight the City of Bloomington is holding an Executive Session, another one of their secret meetings. Under the Open Meetings Act, they cited this section as the reason for the meeting:
For YEARS the auditors hired by the City of Bloomington have identified areas of risks. Since the same risks are reported year after year, nothing has been done to fix the problem. Last June I wrote about some items reported by the auditors: https://blnnews.com/2014/06/06/award-winning-financial-statements-is-a-joke/
The question now is: Are they finally fixing the problems?
Or, maybe they will continue to ignore those reports (David Hales not doing his job) and hear from these guys instead:
- Award of Internal Audit Services Contract. (Recommend that the Contract for Internal Audit Services to Bronner Group, LLC be approved and the Mayor and City Clerk be authorized to execute the necessary documents.) http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=8217
These auditors cost taxpayers another $116,000 last February. I really enjoy how items are put on the agenda without the cost. The only way to find the cost is to read the packet.
Since Alderman Scott Black had no problem revealing what happened in the last 3 hour Executive Session, all other aldermen should feel free to tell the media about this meeting – unless they have something to hide.
Maybe the Coliseum will be the topic. Did the internal auditors finally get through to the City that some fraud there is likely?
Since the meeting is a secret – the people paying the bills may never know.
Let’s see how transparent the City really is. I predict: Not very.