Monday, June 01, 2015
Independent Audit Shows Brown Balanced Budget on Backs of NorCo Workers
How did the County end up with more money. The audit cites several reasons.
First and foremost, Brown balanced the budget on the backs of the County workers. He allowed vacancies to increase, this reducing the need to pay out salaries and fringes.
Second, he cancelled a planned addition to the 911 center, which would have cost $3.6 million.
Third, he pulled in revenue from other counties to house children in the County's juvenile detention center.
The report also notes that table games revenue has increased $1 million. I have drawn attention to this table game revenue several times. While there are strict controls in place for the spending of slots revenue, Council has placed no controls on the Executive's ability to dip into that fund for anything that he deems to be in the County's interest. In effect, it is a slush fund. To his credit, Brown has this far avoided the temptation to spend this money to improve his re-election chances. But no one person should have that much control over so much money.