Do-Nothing or Hide-it Cicilline
The report on the Cicilline Adminstration’s fiscal inadequacies has dropped. The major findings, according to the ProJo:
— “The Administration transferred funds from the Undesignated Surplus (Rainy-Day Fund) without approval of a majority vote of the City Council as required.”
— “The Administration did not provide financial information on a timely basis to the independent auditor, the City Council or the Internal Auditor.”
— “The Administration did not provide the City Council with monthly financial statements or with projections of year-end surpluses or deficits.”
— “The Administration prepared budgets based on unrealistic assumptions.”
— “The Administration was not transparent in its use of the City’s Capital Assets Account.”
— “Financial reports submitted to the State were inaccurate.”
— “The City Council’s checks-and-balances on the Administration were ineffective.”
The City Council will consider a resolution at its meeting Thursday to investigate whether former Mayor David N. Cicilline and his administrators broke laws with financial decisions they made over the years.
Councilman Miguel C. Luna is sponsoring the resolution. It asks the council to hire a lawyer, with a background in prosecution, to “review the facts surrounding all transfers, withdrawals and expenditures of funds from reserve and real estate proceeds accounts” from 2003 to 2010,” a draft of the resolution reads….”We can’t just focus on the future,” Luna said Wednesday. “He [Cicilline] knows what he did. He brought the city down to the knees. He wasn’t doing the job of the city.”
For his part, Cicilline is boiling mad and full of indignation that Gary Sasse is involved and has apparently decided that the tried-and-true “shoot the messenger” tack is the best one to take. I don’t think it’ll work.