On Jun 2, 2013, at 4:55 PM, “Ford, Bob” <email@example.com> wrote:
I was surprised on my return, to hear that the Audit and Budget Advisory Board’s implementation has been delayed. It is crucial that this advisory body begin functioning as soon as possible. They can play a crucial role in assisting council in responding to the recently released Forensic Consultation.
The advice of the Audit and Budget Advisory Board is particularly needed given that the Forensic Consultation Report raises more questions than it answers. The Forensic Consultation report is light on policy specifics and does not prepare a road map for council to address the numerous problems that this consultation uncovered. The report was noticeably deficient in proposing solutions and specific policy initiatives.
I will propose that the Audit and Budget Advisory Board meet with the consultants and work with them to provide an action plan for council, so once and for all, we can address and put behind us this unhappy episode. Why time is of the essence, is that this report suggests that some of the poor practices of the past, continue to date. It is important that our financial practices be reformed as soon as possible before further harm occurs to our tax and rate payers.
I would appreciate if you would ask the Mayor to put on the agenda of Tuesday night’s meeting, the second reading of the expansion of the committee and a vote if it passes, on the two additional members. We have waited far too long to resolve these issues. It is time to move forward. If you can’t get it on the agenda, I will ask a second council member in public at the meeting to also request the agenda change (an alternative way of placing items on the meeting agenda).
Appreciate any assistance you may provide.
Best, Bob Ford