MEASURE Z INDEPENDENT AUDIT, WHAT HAPPENED TO IT ? AND DOES ANYONE REALLY CARE ?
It’s kind of like the Freedom swing or the recent snow, now you see, now you don’t. A little at a time it disappears before your very eyes leaving behind unsightly residue in the form of destruction.
Like most things in Wildomar time is not of the essence. A full 6 months plus has lapsed since the first full fiscal year of Measure Z which ended June 30, 2014 and no audit is available.
(Per SubSubsection 4 below, this audit should have been completed and submitted to the Chief Fiscal Officer of the City from the Oversight Committee by October of 2014.)
This is in order for the Chief Fiscal Officer (i.e. City Manager) to be able to present this audit to the City Council, thereby, the Citizens of Wildomar by way of the Agenda Packet no later than December 31st.
Resolution 2013-37 which was passed and adopted by City Council on September 11, 2013.
This replaced resolution 2013-05 which was the original resolution establishing the Oversight Committee Duties and Responsibilities.
An amendment of Resolution 2013-05 was listed as a future agenda item during the July 25, 2013 meeting of the City of Wildomar Measure Z Oversight Advisory Committee due to the erroneous inclusion of the committee the authority to review the upcoming budget prior to City Council budget hearings.
(‘Heavens to Murgatroyd’, who ever thought the Oversight Committee should have anything to say about the money before it’s spent)
With the new year comes the not surprising news that two positions on the Measure Z Oversight Committee are being declared vacant in the January 14, 2015 City Council Agenda Packet (these two individuals were sworn in on February 28, 2013 for 2 year terms)
This along with the previous un-excused absences of at least one member at two meetings.
(Exhibit A: City of Wildomar Measure Z Oversight Advisory Committee Guidelines and Policy
Subsection G. Vacancies and Removal
2. The City Council may remove any Committee member for any reason, including but not limited to, failure to attend two consecutive committee meetings without prior notification. Upon a member’s removal, his or her seat shall be automatically deemed vacant.)
Rules are made to be broken, right.
It is possible that not one member of the committee will have been present for the entire fiscal year when the audit is finally presented to the City Council and therefore the Citizens of Wildomar.
This makes one wonder how is this audit going to be of any value to the community. By the time the audit is finally compiled and issued the statute of limitations will have come an gone leaving leaving uncontested and uncorrected errors dust in the distant past.
In the past 6 months the Measure Z Oversight Committee has met twice in regularly scheduled meetings and once in a special session. Each meeting resulted in discussions about what would be included in the audit and how it would be compiled.
This committee has expressed every desire to perform their stated function
During the regularly scheduled Measure Z Oversight Advisory Committee Meeting of July 24, 2014, the Committee requested a special meeting to discuss the process of preparing the initial Annual Report as required by Ordinance 71 and Municipal Code section 3.18 specifically:
During a special meeting on Thursday September 11, 2014 Agenda Item #1 was entitled “Annual Report Process”. This was the only agenda item at this meeting.
At the regular meeting of July 24th and special meeting of September 11th it was made clear that the independent financial audit would be a part of the city-wide annual financial audit (so much for independent audit) to be completed sometime in December. Up to that point the committee would have to rely on the quarterly financial audits made available during the regularly scheduled meetings.
These reports contain lines like $86,346.28 was expended during the first three months of the fiscal year, excluding Southern California Edison electricity charges in the amount of $7,138.25 at Marna O’Brien Park, which were miscoded to the General Fund.
This is a line contained in the October 23, 2014 meeting during which another special meeting was asked for in November, was rescheduled to December, this special meeting was never held due to a scheduling conflict and has yet to be rescheduled.
(Measure Z – Wildomar Parks passed on November 6, 2012 and was adopted by Resolution No. 2014-44 passed by the City Council on December 12, 2012).
The Wildomar Community Parks Funding Measure Citizen’s Oversight Advisory Committee was formed and met for the first time on February 28, 2013 at which time a review of Resolution No. 2013-05 which was passed by the City Council on February 13, 2013 was conducted.
Resolution 2013-05 being repealed and and replaced by Resolution 2013-37 which was passed and adopted by City Council on September 11, 2013.