01.13.20 – Mayor Gardner statement on Financial Oversight

01.13.20 – Mayor Gardner statement on Financial Oversight

Mayor Gardner: “During the 09 January 2020 meeting, the Mayor reiterated his commitment to working with the City Council to improve financial oversight of the city’s financial resources. Because the City Council did not have an attorney present, some of the topics addressed during the City Council meeting may have to be revisited in an Executive Session before any decisions are discussed publicly.”

“The City Council addressed the Mayor’s check-signing authority during the meeting. When this topic was discussed, the Mayor reminded the City Council that the City Council has the authority to “remove” his check signing authority, if that was City Council’s desire. The Mayor stressed two additional points during the meeting: a) the individual members of the City Council are expected to follow the same procedures as members of the administration; and, b) if the City Council creates requirements without understanding the unintended consequences of their actions, the City Council can literally shut down the ability of the Administration’s ability to pay the city’s bills.”