|Police Jury gets 'clean' audit|
The Concordia Parish Police Jury's finances are sound, there were "no negative findings" in a new audit, and net assets are on the rise, jurors were told Monday night during their regular meeting.
CPA Myles Hopkins of Silas Simmons LLP reviewed the Jury's 2008 fiscal year audit, which showed assets exceeded liabilities by $8.4 million last year, up from $7.7 million two years ago.
Hopkins also reported that the jury's net capital assets totaled $12.7 million in 2008, up from $11.3 million in 2009.
"It's a good clean audit, and we're very pleased," said Police Jury President Melvin Ferrington.
Hopkins said revenues last year in governmental activities included $100,718, services; $650,951, grants; $892,648, severance taxes; $55,565, revenue sharing,; $214,956, licenses; $1,511,781, property taxes; $2,218,839, sales taxes; $254,720, parish transportation; and $664,453 other.
Expenses included $1,478,817, general government; $335,772, public safety; $3,091,050, public works; $202,341, health; $55,110, culture; $184,270, economic development; $42,219, transportation; and $477,847, interest.
The report noted that the Jury continued road improvements began in 2006 financed by voter approved bonds and that in 2008 construction began on sewer improvements. The sewer work, as well as extensive airport improvements, were made through grants.
Last year, Hopkins noted in the report, the Jury added a chipper and pothole patcher to its equipment fleet, and is working to renovate the parish health unit, reroof the old and new courthouses and renovate the fourth floor of the old courthouse.
In other action during the regular meeting, the Jury discussed a number of items brought up by juror Willie Dunbar, including questions concerning building permits, the pick-up of limbs, parish roads and garbage collection.
Jurors approved his motion to advertise for a person to provide mowing work.
Ferrington also reported that he has learned that the property owners of the Doty Road Center in Ferriday are willing to donate the property to the public. He said work on that issue is continuing.
In other business, the Jury:
-- Approved sending the payroll clerk and bookkeeper to the Parochial Employees Retirement System meeting on October 6, and to send the secretary-treasurer to the Annual Organization of Parish Administrative Officials Conference August 12-14.
-- Took under advisement quotes for a storage building, a filing system for the Clerk of Court and an air conditioner for the parish health unit.
-- Approved alcohol permits for Taunton's of Monterey, 6509 Hwy. 129, Monterey, Class B Beer & Liquor renewal, and Elnora Thomas, Thomas' Lounge, 120 Thomas Drive, Ferriday, Class A Beer renewal.
-- Voted to abandon a portion of Mill Road following a public hearing in which no objections to the action were voiced.
-- Approved an occupational license for Randy Hoggatt, Southern Stands LLC, 4284 Hwy. 84 West, Vidalia.
-- Okayed the transfers to the General Fund of $1,455 from Highway Maintenance Fund, $3,350 from Drainage Maintenance Fund, $1,585 from Solid Waste Fund, $850 from the Public Health Fund and $5,025 from the Sales Tax Sales Fund.