A concerned longtime Gainesville resident told CBS4 News that the current City Commission needs to be held accountable.
City leaders are used to hearing from Nathan Skop, “It shows the disfunction and inefficiency of city government,” Skop commented during public comment.
Skop urges residents to listen up. After Gainesville Interim City Manager, Cynthia Curry sent out a memo raising concerns about the city’s finances. He said these issues have been previously brought up by himself and other concerned residents and remains an ongoing problem.
“Both the mayor and city commission have negligently ignored for almost a decade,” Skop said.
A state audit revealed some City of Gainesville employees didn’t know how to prepare financial statements, causing the city about $200,000 in expenses.
Skop said, “I think it stems from misplaced priorities at city hall.”
The report states that 17 months of bank reconciliations were not completed and ‘the risk of material discrepancies is extremely high’.
Skop said the city hasn’t been transparent enough. The city has held public audit committee meetings to speak on the issue and commissioners plan to receive updates.