City had a ‘pretty good year’

BREAUX BRIDGE – City government had another “pretty good year” financially, auditor Russell Champagne reported at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

The bottom line is an increase of $920,000 in net assets, Champagne said.

He warned of some slippage in the enterprise funds, primarily in water and sewer, and of some sloppy money-handling in the police department that could land the city in hot water.

The governmental funds showed an increase of $160,000 but the enterprise funds were down by $200,000.

High expenses were the problem, he said.

In addition to the high gasoline this past summer, Breaux Bridge encountered clean-up expenses from a tornado and two hurricanes that have yet to be reimbursed, Mayor Jack Dale Delhomme noted.

The problem in the police department is the delay in depositing and disbursing bond fees posted with the department, Champagne said.

“I don’t think the legislative auditor would like to see this complaint in your audit two years in a row,” he said.

The legislative auditor serves as the watchdog of public spending, overseeing audits of local as well as state government entities.

Champagne said he will meet with Police Chief Charlie Thibodeaux to coach him in the proper handling of the bond fee fund.

He encourage the mayor and council to keep a tight rein on expenses going forward.

Champagne praised City Clerk Pattie Dupuis and the office staff for their help with the annual look at the books.

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