On a weekly basis, residents from the city of Compton appear at city council meetings with the same questions: when will our streets be repaired and why are our water bills so high? The city implores the residents to be patient and be willing to entertain taxing themselves, again, to pay for services. Problem is, the city finances are a real mystery. The agendas fail to state all of the revenue taken in and more importantly, fails to disclose all payments going out.[adsenseyu2]
EVERY council agenda fails to adequately delineate how the taxpayers money is being spent and where is it going.
By power of a city resolution, the city manager has the discretion and authority to sign checks, out of the public view, for any amount that doesn’t exceed $25,000.
In turn, when you view a city council agenda, the public will only see how much is spent, when the $25,000 threshold is crossed.
Viewing neighboring city’s council agendas, warrant registers are attached and viewable by the public, prior to the council meeting.
The city council agenda for February 9th listed only two checks totaling $62,361.92.
On the February 2nd agenda, the warrant register section was empty. The city doesn’t owe SCE, SCG or anyone else?
Compton residents have no clue how many checks are being cut out of the city managers office, for council members travel, expenses, conferences or payments to vendors. Submitting a public records request for the warrant register is just as troubling. The controller’s office fails to respond.
Is that transparency?
The lawsuit between the Compton Unified School District (CUSD), against the city, for failure to enforce their ban on illegal marijuana dispensaries, rages on.