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City commission gets audit, votes on changes

December 20, 2005

Albany-- Independent auditors say the City of Albany is doing a good job managing your tax money.

Tuesday night, accountants from Maudlin and Jenkins presented City Commissioners with results of an audit. It shows the city took in $3 million dollars more than it spent the last fiscal year. The city took in more money than expected property and sales taxes and transfers from Water, Gas and Light.

The auditors also suggested the city adopt a budget amendment procedure so city leaders can make changes to the budget throughout the year based on how much money is coming in and going out.

Albany City Commissioners also passed an ordinance they hope will help clean up the city. New regulations will prevent property owners evicting renters or anyone moving out of their home from placing belongings outside without a container.

Those items must then be moved within two business days. If not placed in a container, the property must be hauled away the same day or placed in a trailer. If items are left outside for more than 2 business days, property owners may be cited and sent to court.

The commission also voted on a new building naming policy. People who are still alive can no longer be honored by having a public building named after them in Albany. A person must be dead for two years before being considered for such an honor. Any new nominees will now be reviewed based on several criteria by a citizen review board established by the City Manager. City commissioners will make final decisions.

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