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Water development board warns Wilmer about audit

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JIM WILLIAMS
Ellis County Press
WILMER - City council members were given 30 days.

Bill Matthews of the Texas Water Development Board said Wilmer City Council members would be receiving letters informing them they had 30 days in which to submit a completed audit.

Matthews said the state had received bits and pieces of audit from Wilmer, but that wasn't adequate. A completed audit was required.

He told council members he had no other choice but to turn over the matter to the state attorney general if they didn't comply within the 30-day limit.

'The problem is your bookkeeping system,' Matthews said. 'You don't have a good one for a city. Your records are such they're hard to audit. Y'all's problem is you don't have an organized bookkeeping system. You probably need to update it. You've got a record system problem.

'The letter, you will get next week saying in 30 days we have to have the audit in hand.'

Matthews said this is a problem the City of Wilmer has had in the past.

'You need to know where your budget stands,' he said.

City Secretary Crystol Birdwell said the budget was supposed to be finished and in print by Nov. 6.

Birdwell said updated software was needed for the city's computer system in order for records to be available to council members at every regular meeting, which is scheduled to be the first and third Thursday evening of each month.

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