The recent discussion about the role of the city of Galveston’s Finance Committee brought one fact to light: A lot of people — even people who don’t agree on much else — believe the city’s finance department needs to be rebuilt.

Members of the Finance Committee have complained that staff members have been unable to provide basic information — financial data that most businesses would have on hand.

They’ve also complained that the city is behind in reconciling its bank statements.

That’s obviously a problem for any public body.

Whether the problem is people, equipment or systems, the new council ought to be looking for a quick resolution.

This one can’t wait.

(2) comments

Victor Krc

I suppose its really none of my business as I do not live on the island anymore, but to my mind being behind on bank reconciliations is a very big red flag. It looks to me like the city should bring in some outside auditors. How did the Finance Committee allow this situation to develop? The kind of mess described in this article does not happen overnight.

Jarvis Buckley

You don't have to go too many years back to find the problem.

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