The Carmel City Council unanimously approved transferring $106,500 from the Clerk-Treasurer’s budget to the Mayor’s Office to pay for expenses related to the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
This comes after the City Council previously decided to create an audit committee to oversee all city audits. The committee was created after some on the council said Clerk-Treasurer Christine Pauley was taking too long on the audit.
This item was introduced on Feb. 6 but was held until the Feb. 20 City Council meeting.
Linda J. Harvey, chief deputy clerk of operations in the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office, said the office would have a budget problem if the money was moved because additional money is needed for pay for an internal assets audit.
On Feb. 20, the council decided to vote for the transfer and allocate additional funds to the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office at a later date.
“I think our easiest solution is to pass it as originally submitted to us and we’ll make any necessary moves later,” City Councilor Kevin “Woody” Rider said.
A separate ordinance included a public hearing to move $19,899 from the city’s general fund to the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office’s budget to help with consulting and accounting fees. No one spoke at the public hearing. A vote is expected to occur at the next council meeting.