Council reviews audit

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Brundidge City Council worked from a three-item agenda Tuesday that included a review of the FY2015 audited financials.

Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas gave an overview of the 2015 audit and then compared the city’s 2015 financials with those of a year ago.

Thomas said the city’s sales tax was $70,000 more in 2015 than in the previous year, which is positive sign.

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The recommendation of the audit’s qualified opinion was that the city should set aside funds for its utilities and that the city does not have enough employees for adequate internal control. However, Thomas said the city is being run efficiently with its staff of dedicated employees.

“Brundidge is a $21,817,695 municipal corporation,” Thomas said. “For a city of 2,000, that’s a big deal.”

Thomas reported that a Monday morning meeting could result in a notice to proceed with the city’s sidewalk project. If so, work on the project should begin within 10 days.

The project will construct sidewalks on S.A. Graham Blvd. and on Galloway Road.

Thomas said work included on a Community Development Block Grant to extend Magnolia Blvd. in the North Industrial Park could begin within three months.

The city is participating in the Intercept Service offered through the League of Municipalities. The service is a go-between participating cities and those with outstanding debts to the city.

Thomas reported that $300 owed the city by a former resident will be paid to the city in the event there is no appeal.

“That’s a good indication that the service is working,” Thomas said.

The council appointed Council member Steven Coleman, District 5, voting delegate for the ALM business meeting on May 19 and Council member Cynthia Pearson, District 4, voting delegate for the AMIC Annual Business Meeting

The Brundidge City Council meets at 4 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Brundidge City Hall. All meetings are open to the public.