Remember the Times building that our former city chief financial officer told us did not need much work in order for the city to move in? ” Minimal due to condition of building” is the term she used in a presentation to city council.
The city told us before the moves that the cost would be about $33 million. We have been able to document actual costs north of $70 million on this blog.
Shortly after our new city manager arrived she left the city. The new people at the city have spoken publicly about the mess that the city’s finances were in when they started work.
Now she is the deputy superintendent of finance and operations at EPISD and is continuing her flexible approach to fulfilling promises. When the Times recently asked her about $19 million of 2007 EPISD bond money that has yet to be even allocated the Times published this:
EPISD Chief Financial Officer Carmen Arrieta-Candelaria said the money could be used to bolster the 2016 bond plan “in the vent the board wants to allocate those dollars for something additionally or maybe if a project doesn’t come out with everything the board wants, the community wants.”
In other words, their estimates for the current projects may not be right and this money could be a neat slush fund.
We deserve better