Quincy commissioners got bad news from their auditors last Tuesday, April 9th. Ronald Thompkins of BCA Watson Rice presented the board with pre-audit findings for fiscal year 2012. Thompkins said he was there to give the commission a warning about the city’s finances getting more severe.
“The city needs to hold a workshop quickly to see what we need to do to make sure this audit doesn’t come back to bite us. We need to take steps to make sure we don’t get a qualified audit,” said Commissioner Keith Dowdell.
An unqualified audit is a good audit; a qualified one means the auditor has found concerns that do not comply with ‘Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).’ “We need to workshop this for what got us into this position and what we need to do to get us out of this position,” said Dowdell.
City manager Jack McLean said Thompkins announcement was the first he’d heard about there being a warning for the city. “I want to hear what’s wrong and workshop it. I’m anxious to hear what it is in terms of IT (Internet Technology), to address the details,” said McLean.
“What’s happened as of 9/30/12 is already done; what’s also important is what’s going on in the IT issue - what the implication is. The important part is going forward,” said Thompkins.
Mayor Angela Sapp asked Thompkins and McLean to work together to address the issues and bring a report back to the commission.
• Board members unanimously approved an ordinance that prohibits anyone living in a dwelling that does not have running water or other utilities.
• Funding for the Big Bend Transit In-Town bus service was approved in a four to one vote, with Commissioner Andy Gay voting no.