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Accountant will attend meeting to answer council’s questions in Oskaloosa

by Dennis Sharkey

The Oskaloosa City Council is hoping to get some answers to the city’s finances when it meets tonight (Thursday).

The city’s accountant, Abram Chrislip, is scheduled to be at tonight’s meeting to explain where the city’s finances stand.

In the last month the city council has met twice, with both meetings becoming emotional.

In the first meeting some city councilmen sparred over where the city’s finances were and if they could afford to move forward with City Hall.

At a meeting earlier this month, city treasurer Polly McInroy questioned whether or not she wanted to continue in her position in light of the confusion.

At the meeting held Jan. 6 city councilmen reviewed budgets for the last four years. What was noted is that from year to year the names of some accounts appear and then disappear the next year, while other accounts appear that were not there the prior year.

“I’m questioning if I even want to do this job anymore because I’m very stressed by it,” McInroy said. “This has become so much more confusing for me. I don’t understand why it’s so hard. They do some things that I’m just going, ‘When did that happen?’”

City Attorney Mike Hayes illustrated an example where a Capital Project Fund existed Dec. 31, 2007, however on Jan. 1, 2008, the fund no longer existed.

City Councilman Allen Wise and Mike Paavola tried to take some of the pressure off of McInroy and blamed the accountant and the accounting software the city is using.

“You have a false sense of where you’re at,” Paavola said. “We’ve got to get back to where our numbers make sense.”

Paavola went on to say it’s important that McInroy, or whoever is attending to the city accounting, understand what they are looking at.

“Everything is a checks and balance,” Paavola said. “You are our check and (the accountants) are our balance. If they don’t jive then we’re going to get the questions.”

Paavola also said he was not impressed with the service the city has received from Chrislip’s firm.

Hayes said he would review the city’s contract to determine if the city can issue a 30 day notice of termination of services.

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