The acquisition of cash registers is a small part of addressing issues plagueing the Fairgrounds Arena and the Recreation Department. Tonight, the CPA who did the audit of finances there will answer questions about her report from City Council.
While it won't rival the Army-McCarthy hearings for drama, it will be a pointed questioning about just what is happening in a City government where a macro look at finances looks great but a micro look is staggeringly bad.
I have noticed different constituencies blaming different people, with some calling for "heads to roll" and others insisting if the Recreation operation were its own department that would solve issues.
What I do know is that as commercial operations have flourished where it used to be kickball and swimming, we have seen a fight over money and the means to make money. We have seen outside interests push and push hard a small staff to get use of facilities for commerce.
When the hearing is done, my focus is on two things. The core mission of providing recreation services; and an adherence to the law and good fiscal practices to protect the taxpayer's ability to fund those programs.
Tonight's discussion will be illuminating as its the chance to flesh out the 22 page report last week from CPA Laurie Podvin. Her in-person observations will add much to that document.
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