On the subject at hand: Here is Scott Galvin's reasoning for asking for an audit (I have to say North Miami is the Homestead of the North as far as corruption goes):
Over the past years, several financial irregularities at North Miami city hall have come to my attention. I've tried unsuccessfully behind the scenes to get State auditors to come look at our books. But now, with fresh air sweeping through the city, I want to make my appeal public in hopes the majority of you will agree...North Miami needs a State audit NOW!
Here are some reasons:• Months ago, employees were hired to complete a bank reconciliation project. For over a year, the city did not properly account for any incoming or outgoing financial transactions. (See Pg. 126) However, this troubling situation was not emphasized to Council, nor was the need to bring in staff to handle it. Further, their salaries were unbudgeted and a final accounting of their findings has not been provided to me, despite repeated requests.
• From about October 2012 - August 2013, North Miami did not bill utility customers. This obviously caused our Water & Sewer Fund to be incredibly short. On September 11, 2013, the then-Finance Director told the city council that we balanced our books by supplementing our Water & Sewer Fund using money from Biscayne Landing (see Pages 25 & 26). He said that we were upward of $20 million short in the Enterprise Fund at any given time. At no time previously had such information been revealed to Council, nor had we given approval. How many other shell games were played?
• Despite city management assuring Council we could afford to approve an Early Retirement Program (ERIP) for employees, at a recent meeting we learned that eight separate city departments will be over budget this year. "Staff reorganization (ERIP, regular turnover) was the major contributing factor," read their report. And two years from now, the city will have to pay nearly $1 million more, as we reimburse the State Pension system. How many other times was management not forthcoming on the financial impact of Council votes?
• In the Spring of 2013, a home was sold which carried $400,000 in code liens. But the transaction happened without either buyer or seller attaining a Conditional Certificate of Reoccupancy, nor a Certificate of Reoccupancy (for which the new owner eventually received a code citation). The liens were then settled for only $25,000, which allowed the new owner to quickly re-sell the home for a $450,000 profit. How many other sales were allowed to take place which bypassed city rules?
If you live in North Miami take 4 prunes and call me in the morning. G.O.D.