City of Jeanerette receives first fiscal update

Posted at 10:00 PM, Apr 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-09 23:00:50-04

City leaders in Jeanerette had their first financial update since being taken over by the state in March.

The state appointed a financial administrator who is now solely in charge of the city’s finances. There was a packed room at Monday’s city council meeting, while community members waited for a fiscal review update. 

"So we need to make sure we’re collecting all the money we need to collect and are we collecting at the amount we originally budgeted," Greer said. 

Along with the budget comes the audits that still need to be reviewed. 

"Other issues I discussed were the audits. We haven’t had an audit since 2014 in the city of Jeanerette, so I am trying to get an audit for 15-16 done by a CPA firm," Greer said. 

Greer said the current budget needs some work too.

"The current budget by law, the local government budget act says if you have a budget variance of five percent or more in total for revenues or expenditures you have to amend your budget. Well, we have that variance so by law we have to go back and amend that budget," Greer said.

Greer also hinted at possible personnel changes.

"You want to have people who are trusted and can do the job well. A number of people, I don’t believe we have the right numbers today. I don’t know yet, so all those things still have to be considered," Greer said. 

Greer said there is no court-appointed time as to how long he has to be in the city of Jeanerette but he will remain in the city until they are financially stable.