Tallahassee Reports, through an analysis of budget documents, has discovered that the City staff knew about surpluses and overcharges as early as June of 2015 but did not inform City Commissioners.
The City Commissioners, in September 2015 voted for a $6.3 million property tax increase due to staff’s claims that new revenue was needed for essential services.
Documents show that in June 2015 the City staff provided the City Commission with an update of revenues and non-fuel expenditures for the electric utility fund. The numbers provided then are essentially the same numbers that now reflect a $7.3 million surplus. However, the City staff never informed the City Commissioners about the surplus.
How did this happen?
In June of 2015, City staff failed to compare the electric utility update with the original 2015 budget. If that had been done, the Commissioners would have seen the existence of the $7.3 million surplus. The same $7.3 million surplus that is now being revealed by City staff.
TR is continuing to investigate whether the City staff knew about the surpluses in the other funds.