Thursday, October 1, 2015

Show me the money!

The City of West Buechel takes in at least $25,000 per year in cash from civil parking citations. These are mainly from reserved handicapped parking violations. This $25,000 does not include payments made by check or credit card. That is all extra, in addition to the $25k cold hard cash.

This amount is easy to prove. From my time working in City Hall earlier this year, I've got the proof.

If anyone tells you it's less than $25k per year in cash, you're being played. It's likely more than $25,000, and it is certainly not less than than amount.

So far, to the best of my knowledge, neither the Fowler administration nor the Richards administration has ever accounted for all that cash. Accounting for the cash is simple. All it requires is honesty, diligence and personal responsibility, but it has been hard to spot any one of those virtues in City Hall.

  • Where is the cash?
  • Exactly how much has been taken in?
  • How much was spent, and for what public purpose?
  • How much was deposited in the bank?
  • How much is still in City Hall, and why is it not in the bank?

On April 14, 2015, I wrote a memo to Mayor Richards in which I stated:

" . . . . a rigorous cash-control system is essential. No semblance of a cash control system currently exists. No shadow of any prior cash control system has been seen. Nothing has changed since January 1, 2015. The current cash control system is still unacceptable."

Mayor Richards' response to that?

<crickets>

You will answer to a higher power than me about that cash.

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