The city sent out an email the other day. It is quite remarkable in what it tells us about the prior regime.
From the email:
“The City of El Paso is once again reaffirming its commitment to restoring public trust by being transparent and making changes to address concerns raised by City Council last summer when they hired City Manager Tommy Gonzalez.
When Gonzalez arrived council asked him to assess certain areas and develop solutions, if necessary, to address their concerns related to the City’s:
- Fund Balance
- Revenue projections
- Ballpark subsidies
- Capital improvement projects
“Council was justified in having concerns in all these areas. We continue to find deficiencies in operational issues and organizational processes and procedures.” Gonzalez said. “An audit requested by council in the fall of 2014 has allowed us to identify and address issues with the fund balance. Revenue projection concerns were taken care of through our new budget process, which is now tied to the City’s strategic plan. Our Chief Financial Officer successfully resolved ballpark subsidy issues. Where we are continuing to face challenges is with our capital improvement projects.”
The email goes on to say that they have essentially fixed the first three but are still working on the issues related to the capital improvement projects.
They acknowledge that public trust has been destroyed. They are telling us that the prior administration left Mr. Gonzalez with a real mess.
They are telling us that they don’t have their arms around the capital improvement projects and that more bad news is coming.
We deserve better