of its contents and
shall show in detail all estimated income
… for the ensuing fiscalyear.” (City Charter Title 4.4.4)And, also at Title 4, for emphasis, Carter law dictates that “The Commissioner of Finance
shall provide a detailed estimate of the amount of income from all sources
, exclusive of taxes …”Earlier in this budget review process, a series of questions regarding the status of variousrevenues in the form of approved state aids that were not included in the 2010 or proposed 2011 Comprehensive Budgets were presented to the City Council. To date theCouncil, as Budget Committee, has not explained why these revenues are missing.Subsequently, at a November 15 meeting with members of a Task Force on the Budget,the Commissioner of Finance was again asked why these revenues have not been budgeted. No satisfactory explanation was given.So we ask again: Where is the $22,500 reimbursement for the City’s 2009Quadricentennial celebration expenditures and the $20,000 reimbursement for the 2010“Core Area Mobility Impaired Accessibility Program” improvement? TheQuadricentennial award was made by NYSDEC from the State Environmental ProtectionFund and the “Spot Improvement Program” grant was awarded by CDTC from federalhighway funds made available to the Region.On August 3, 2009, the deputy Commissioner of Finance was by memorandum (copyavailable) provided with a copy of the Quadricentennial Grant Contract and thecorresponding Administrative Guidelines and State Aid Voucher. By December of 2009Finance had still failed to submit the required reimbursement request despite having beenadvised of the procedural process five months earlier. Finally, earlier in 2010, anAccounts department staff member completed the reimbursement request.Yesterday, November 29, Public Works affirmed that all the reimbursementdocumentation for the “Spot Improvement Program” project has been completed. This inspite of the Commissioner of Finance’s November 15 disavowal of any knowledge of thereimbursement request. At that time he referred the Task Force to Commissioner Scirocco.These revenues have never been shown as a line item in the budget. On numerousoccasions the mayor’s office was advised, in writing, of the necessity to budget theserevenues. Neither the mayor nor Finance met that Charter obligation. These monies must be accounted for as required by Charter law.Here are the questions to be addressed:
Why have these revenues NOT been given specific lines in the Revenue Budget?
Have these revenues been received?
If yes, did the Council amend the budget to receive them?