For my next three articles, I am going to show the people of Lisbon what lengths our management will go to conceal how they spend our tax dollars. The first article will demonstrate how much the town budget was inflated in order to provide money to purchase what I call “Toys for Boys”.
Have you ever wondered why the town council approved the transfer and the carry forward of funds less than two months into the new fiscal year? Below are the two sheets provided by the Finance Director? One is to the Public and one is to the council. Take a close look and you will see the numbers do not match. It is very difficult to follow along at council meetings when you don’t have the right sheet. It is even more difficult to try and find out information such as what accounts these transfers were put into.
(Click on the sheets to print your own copy)
Why two different sheets? If the numbers had been updated why wasn’t the Public provided with the updated sheets?
Next take a close look at how much money was carried forward. This is a large amount of money which apparently was not taken into consideration in the 2012-2013 budgets. So if you add these amounts into the 2012-2013 budget management has inflated their budget at taxpayers’ expense. Does anyone want to tell me again why we had to have a tax increase this year with so much money being carried forward?
It is impossible to tell which amounts were transferred into which accounts by looking at these sheets. So why did the town council approve these transfers?
In Part 2 you will see the response by the Finance Director when I asked what accounts some of these amounts were transferred into.