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Audit: City's admin salaries should come out of general fund

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By Shannon Brock

None of the City of Taylorsville’s administrative salaries are paid out of the city’s general fund causing the city’s new auditor to issue a qualified opinion as part of this year’s independent audit.
Kevin Peercy of Peercy and Gray presented a brief overview of the city’s audit at last Tuesday’s City Commission meeting.
The audit was for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.
Peercy presented each member of the commission with a copy of the audit and explained the format in which it appears.
Peercy said the independent auditor’s report letter states the opinion on the city’s financial statement.
“This year, we gave a qualified opinion on the financial statements of the general fund due to no administrative salaries being allocated to the general fund,” he said. “Our materiality on that, which is what we believe could be misstated and still be fairly presented, is $21,000 on the general fund.
“The rest is unqualified, which means that we found no problems.”
According to literature from the American Institute of CPAs, “A qualified opinion states that, except for the effects of the matter(s) to which the qualification relates, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position, results of operations, and cash flows of the entity in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles.”
Peercy told the commission that while the audit was being conducted the city’s staff was courteous.
“Everything we asked for, we received,” he said. “The only problem was in an allocation.”
No one on the commission asked Peercy any questions, but he said if after reviewing the audit they had questions, he would be happy to answer them and would come back to another meeting, if requested.
This is the first year Peercy and Gray has completed the city’s audit.

In other business, Police Chief Toby Lewis’ retirement proposal was on the city’s agenda, but resulted in no discussion or action from the commission.
Contacted after the meeting, City Clerk Steve Biven said he put the matter on the agenda  because two commission members — Commissioner Beverly Ingram and Mayor Don Pay — were not present at the meeting where the commission voted to buy back part of Lewis’ retirement at a cost of $31,589.72.
Since Tuesday’s meeting had been rescheduled as a special meeting, anything to be discussed at the meeting was to be on the meeting agenda.
“I put it on the agenda in case the two that did not attend the previous meeting wanted to discuss it,” Biven said in an email. “I really wouldn’t have put it back on, but for the fact that due to it being a special meeting it had to be listed in order for them to discuss it.”
The commission’s prior motion stands, Biven said.

After coming out of executive session, the commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to schedule a hearing to reconsider a planning and zoning request from Steve Goodlett regarding two properties on Garrard Street.
Goodlett, who owns the properties located at 408 and 410 Garrard Street, requested that those properties be granted a zone change from R-2, multi-family residential, to B-2, commercial.
The lots are adjacent to each other, with each one containing a house.
In late October, the City Commission voted to reject the Planning and Zoning recommendation and not allow the zone change.
In Goodlett’s application, submitted to the Taylorsville-Spencer County Joint Planning and Zoning Commission, he said he planned to continue renting one of the houses to its current resident and hoped to remodel the other house for use as an office.
Presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission on Aug. 1, Goodlett’s request was met with no opposition and passed that night.
But, when brought before the City Commission, the request was shot down by a 3-2 vote. Commissioners Jack Proctor and Beverly Ingram and Mayor Don Pay voted no; Commissioners Kathy Spears and Ellen Redmon voted yes.
The commission decided that its findings of fact, which are required to go against the Planning and Zoning recommendation, were lack of evidence regarding the effect on the floodwall, construction of the Ky. 55 bridge and the lack of a development plan.
Goodlett filed a civil suit against the city in Spencer Circuit Court, and the City Commission went into executive session on Tuesday night to discuss its strategy in the litigation.
After emerging from executive session, the commission voted to have a hearing and reconsider the request.