City of Hearne receives favorable audit report

During its Tuesday night meeting, the Hearne City Council learned it had an “unqualified” or “clean” auditor’s report, meaning its auditor, the firm of Seidel, Schroeder, and Co. found no notable problems with either its bank balances or its financial practices. Though the City paid out over 11 million last year, it took in over a million more through a variety of sources of income including utilities, taxes, grants, fines and fees for services, and 4A, 4B, and Hotel/Motel Taxes (HOT funds). The HOT funds were in the red but other sources of income made up for that deficit.
The firm’s representative did point out a few problems but also noted that the city had its own fail-safe methods in place to “mitigate” those problems. For example, it has no clerk to check in and out city materials and machinery but it does have those items in a locked facility with police surveillance.
Mayor Ruben Gomez thanked the auditors for their professional work and thanked the city’s chief financial officer Mark Matlock and those who worked with him for their work—practices that produced a clean audit. Auditors said that the city had worked well with them and its finances were sound.
In other business, the Council approved times, dates and places for its municipal elections. Early voting will be held beginning April 28 at City Hall, and on Election Day, May 10, at the Hearne Depot. The County Election office will provide and set up the equipment and City Secretary Anna Florida will serve as voting clerk.
The panel allowed Jose Tellez Alvarado to place a manufactured home on the corner of San Gabriel and Mary St., and it authorized the mayor, City Manager Pee Wee Drake, and Florida to sign all paperwork related to its $750,000 capital funds grant. With all business addressed, the Council adjourned its February meeting.

Melissa Freeman \ Robertson County News

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