Although some city leaders have expressed confusion over the city’s current financial state, figures provided by accountants show everything in line.
Marshall Conico, a certified accountant assisting Yazoo City with its financial records, told the Board of Mayor and Aldermen last week that the city’s finances “look good so far.”
Looking at the most recent figures for the month of March, Conico said the city is coming in under budget.
“There are a couple departments over-budget but that is because...we are doing some City Hall renovations,” he said.
Conico told the board that the City Hall renovations appear over-budgeted for the month of March. But, looking at it over the course of the fiscal year as a whole, “it will come into line.”
Conico also said the city’s payments to the E-911 Dispatch Center have been an area of concern. The city’s payments with the interlocal contract with Yazoo County have been late.
“The E-911 payments have been paid in arrears,” Conico said. “But we made three payments in March.”
Conico said the city is currently spending less than what was budgeted for this point in the fiscal year.
“It looks good so far,” he said. “All the department heads are spending wisely with their money.”
Conico said the city is coming in around $330K under budget for October through March, which is about ten percent under budget.
“So the next six months are the best opportunity to see if there are any needs we have that we need to go ahead and take care of,” he said.
But Conico suggested that the city choose wisely when it comes to certain expenditures.
“If you don’t need it, don’t spend it,” he said. “It’s always good to have reserves going into the next year.”
Conico said he would also like to meet individually with all the city’s department heads to go over the remainder of their budgets.
Alderman Dr. Jack Varner asked that Conico provide a detailed account list to him personally.
“For the last three months, I have asked the mayor repeatedly,” Varner said. “She promised last time that she would do it.”
Varner said he never received those lists from Mayor Diane Delaware.
“I sat on my porch all week waiting for it,” he added.
Varner asked Conico for a list of all the city’s accounts, balances and designations.
“I sent that to the office, so I don’t know why it didn’t get to you,” Conico replied.
Varner asked that Conico deliver the lists to him personally, adding otherwise he “would never get it.”