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Public Works Administration - Two Budget Funds for One Department

Ghost Account exposes $71,482.59 Hidden Charges for 'Street Lighting Upgrade'.

5020 is the Accounting Code for 'Public Works Administration'. There are two departments on the budget that are coded to 5020: '101-5020', which is 'General Fund' and '408-5020', which means 'RDA Bond (03 Tab)'. 

The City of Imperial Beach also created a Ghost Account: '101-5020-532'. In the past year this account was used from 07/14/11 – 03/22/12 for seven (7) checks totaling $71,482.59 all paid to: 'CTE Inc, Clark Telecom & Elect' with the memo: 'Street Light Upgrade'.

101-5020: General Fund Public Works Administration – Total Budget $540,783

This budget lists Employee Costs at $425,509, but the State maximum for the positions listed are $350,095. Other Costs are budgeted at $115,274, but expenses total $126,875.84 FYE 2012.

There is zero (0) budgeted for '20-06 Professional Services', but the City spent $72,047.94. $69,660.40 are checks paid between 09/02/11 – 07/26/12 coded to 'Walk San Diego'.

This department also spent $10,620.37 for '21-25 RCS Program', but zero (0) is on budget.

408-5020: RDA Bond Fund (03 Tab) – Total Budget $ 220,117

This department list Other Costs at $135,467.00 - but actual expenses total only $3,623.09. There is one entry for $64.62 coded to 'office supplies' and $3,558.47 to pay $296.31/month for the Public Works Trailer. This expense is now coded to: '101' and included in the General Fund Public Works Administration Department.

The 408-5020 Budget lists Employee Costs at $84,500 for two (2) Employees. The Payroll for these two employees is over $146,000. This department does list $100,000 for 'Professional Services', but there are no professional services charges.

Imperial Beach Public Works Department also has their costs spread in five (5) other departments on the budget.

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Libi Uremovic December 18, 2012 at 07:33 PM
'...408-5020: RDA Bond Fund (03 Tab) – Total Budget $ 220,117...' once they take out the public works trailer rent there's nothing left in this account but payroll for 2 people...
desertpatriot April 08, 2014 at 03:56 PM
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2HwO2a265QvbzRwejk2bGdOUU0/edit

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