Budget Audit Report – March 4, 2019

March 6, 2019 Off By Jay Hubbard

Due to technical difficulties, all the video from Monday, March 4, 2019, has no audio. As you can see from the short video below there is no sound. This was caused by operator error – I forgot to switch on the microphone. I apologize for this oversight, but I’m a utility locator, not a cameraman. I did get some great video of Commissioner Cheek waving his arms around in anger, and some good video of Mayor Shaw dancing around like a fool, but sadly there is no paired audio to go with those clips.

All is not lost. I take a separate audio recorder to all meetings as a backup, just in case something like this happens, and while I’ve never had to use it before, it did work. It’s taken me every spare minute I had over the last 36 hours to find an application to edit that four hour and twenty minute sound file into useable chunks, but I did find a solution that works. It’s not ideal, but you can hear it.

The first audio clip I’ll share is the budget report, presented before the main meeting by Mr. Honeycutt, our contracted auditor. I obtained a copy of his report, and a separate document of corrections. Both are linked below.

I have not had time to print and read the report (it’s nearly 80 pages) or listen to the presentation again with the text in front of me, but overall it sounded like we are in pretty good financial shape. I will have more to say on this subject in the coming weeks, but it’s going to take a while to digest all of that information, not to mention posting clips from the rest of what can only be called a very contentious meeting.

Ramseur Budget Audit, March, 2019

Ramseur Budget Report Corrections, March, 2019

P.S. – At the beginning of this audio clip, Mayor Shaw can be heard announcing that Commissioner Smith may be tendering his resignation.  At the end of the meeting the mayor stated that the resignation had not yet been received. Let’s hope that Mr. Smith does the right thing and follows through with this before things get any uglier.

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