After presenting a balanced budget showing a nearly $6 million surplus, the city is dipping into the reserves to pay a years worth of outstanding invoice for the Inglewood Police Department camera system.
Leverage Information Systems is owed over $271,000 for invoices from July 2021 through Sept. 2022.
IPD is requesting the invoices be paid from a combination of COPS grants and the city’s reserves.
It is unclear why the invoices aren’t being paid in a timely manner or why they are being paid out of the reserves.
According to the staff report, Leverage provides camera services for the department and as the City was exploring funding options, the agreement terminated in Sept. 2021 but the invoices kept accumulating. The City is now seeking to enter into a new agreement with Leverage.
Last week the City presented the upcoming FY 2022-2023 budget detailing a $10 million surplus and a reserve balance in excess of $75 million. City Manager Artie Fields said the manner in which the City has handled its money should be a “case study”.
Who lets an agreement expire but allow the bills to keep accumulating? The invoices are addressed to a city employee who hasn’t worked for IPD in over a year. That could be a clue.14018