RECORDS NOT ON CITY WEBSITE
Again, they do not have to report these items on their web, but the city does tout transparency and openness with the public. Reports should be available through Open Records Request directly with the city.
Current Approved Budget
Check registers by month
Revolving Loan Fund Financial Report
Investment Policy Quarterly Reports
Ordinances updated since July 2017
WEDC Monthly Reports
WEDC Check Register
Advisory Board Listings, with members listed
Data mined 2/8/2017.
JANUARY 2017 financials are not online, even though the report files appear to be present.
From the city website, the file was Downloaded on 12/23/2017, the "January 2017" financials not Jan 2017. these were some report that A/P printed on 4/18/2017 is actual a report from Sept-October 2016.
A month later, on the January 2017 were again downloaded on February 6, 2017; however, these financials were printed 12/15/2017 and is a report for September October 2017
Proposed FY2017-18 Budget
The Proposed Budget as posted on the city website through mid-September 2017 is here: Proposed FY2018 Budget.
Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) 10/1/2012 - 9/30-2013 posted by WTX
Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) 10/1/2013 - 9/30-2014
Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) 10/1/2014 - 9/30-2015
Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) 10/1/2015 - 9/30-2016
The following files are presented courtesy of Winnsborotexas.org, from previous City of Winnsboro website postings or open records.
AUDIT REPORTS - CITY OF WINNSBORO FISCAL YEAR END
AGENDAS & MINUTES - Prior Years (Coming Soon)
APPROVED MINUTES DO NOT REFLECT ACTUAL ACTIONS RE: PROCEDURE & DECORUM POLICY.
This is the recorded and approved minutes of the 12/12/2017 city council meeting. Source: These minutes approved January 9, 2018 for the December 12, 2017 city council meeting, as published in the 1/9/2018 agenda embedded link and a direct link on the city’s website postings for meetings.
6.5. “City Council Procedures and Decorum Policy: Due to the high level of public interest in this item, the Item is postponed to a special meeting in January 2018 so that the item can be addressed, and the City Attorney can be present to answer questions pertaining to the proposed draft policy.”
However, these approved and recorded minutes is not what actually happened in the meeting, verified from the video and audio.
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Check registers - NONE
The city of Winnsboro does not post check registers online; nor does the staff report the check register to city council in their monthly financial packets as of January 16, 2018.
BUDGET FY2018 - not online by the city.
In early January 2018, City Council member Katy Perez was notified through social media of some concerns of lack of posting financial information on the city's website as of 12/27/2017. The reports "looked" as if it was posted with titles, but upon clicking on links, the financial files were not loaded nor viewable by the public. Perez immediately addressed the concerns with the City Administrator, and many of the concerns were fixed and are updated the first week in January 2018, with the following exceptions.
The Approved by September 30, 2017 final version of the city's budget is not online. The city staff reports they are working on it, four months into the current fiscal year it is still not online.
Here's the City Administrator's statement in January 15, 2017, "2017/2018 Proposed Budget. The City of Winnsboro 2017/2018 Budget was adopted by City Council on September 25, 2017. The City is in a transition with its Budgeting and Accounting Software and when it is complete a new budget format will be posted on the City’s Website. The new format will provide a greater ease of understanding for those wishing to view the budget. If you have an interest in reviewing the budget details with city staff or have any questions concerning the budget we encourage you to contact the city finance department. We will be happy to accommodate you."
SUSTAINABLE jobs and job programs are needed and wanted in the Winnsboro area. Because of past performance of the City of Winnsboro's Revolving Loan Fund dwindling from over $306,880 to $24,079.20 in less than 7 years,it is imperative that any government funding financing should have tight provisions for compliancy, the city should protect the investment with properly and timely filed liens or quick claim deeds, and the elected officials should have the final say-so on contracts. (Audit letters dated 2/9/2012 and city financial report 2/6/2018).
The city has deferred final $1.4M contract negotiations to the City Administrator. Is is the approval process in question, not the fine merits of the needed development and need jobs in our area.
The contract is between the city of Winnsboro and the property owner. The subject parcel of land is also NOT in the city limits located outside the city limits. The FINAL sales contract does not need to go back to the council, as they have delegated their legislative authority to the City Administrator & City Attorney to make any modifications without additional council approval mentioned or required on the final million dollar contract.
Development and an expanded employment base is good. JOBS ARE GOOD.
"Procedures and public disclosure on economic development as allowed under statutes is good. Spending city tax payer money on property not in the city limits is not good unless ....
"The records indicate a rush to grant funding back in 2013-2014, for a downtown corner property and pressure to negotiate a sales price without an appraisal or opinion of value. The whole downtown was then designated an “official slum and blighted area” in order to qualify for grant funding.
Funding fell through, because in the Texas grant application it was inferred and stated the city owned all the property the grant was going to be used on. They did not own ALL the property, so they could not get the grant, and even though awarded, had to ultimately turn it down.
After that prospective city property purchase event, procedures were put in place at the EDC and formally approved by council, that mandates no EDC contract can be entered into for property purchase unless an appraisal or opinion of appraised value is received first, AND, the WEDC had to ask the city permission to even pursue a property purchase first as an EDC project. This particular 7/31/2017 contingent sales contract is NOT an WEDC project. It’s s city contract.
CGWillis, economist, business consultant, financial analyst, writer
Current Status of the Project.
July 31, 2017 Meeting Minutes Winnsboro City Council approves $1.4 Million contingent Sales Contract for Land & Buildings outside the city limits.
The minutes reflect a 21-minute special meeting including the council approving the pursuit of a sales purchase of "Council Member Joan Morris made a motion for the City Council to approve the execution of the sales contract between Peggy D. Ditto and the City of Winnsboro for approximately 25.87 acres, containing approximately 165,576 square feet of commercial buildings, and located generally at the southwest quadrant of State Highway 852 and County Road 4570, not to exceed $1,405,000.00 dollars, contingent upon approval of funding to the City of Winnsboro from the Texas Capitol Fund Program, and subject to City Administrator, and City Attorney modification. Seconded by Michael Jaynes. All in Favor. Motion Passed."
"Special Meeting & Budget Workshop", with Sec. 551.001 invoked for executive session to economic development deliberations. This July 31 2017 Special meeting & Workshop minutes were approved December 12, 2017.
"The property is what was once known as Kendon's out on 2088 I believe. Approximately 1 year ago Unified Materials Group (UMG) began looking for a location away from the Metroplex (McKinney). They found the Ditto property and approached the City/EDC about possible incentives to assist them moving to Winnsboro. UMG makes architectural stone products used on commercial and very high end homes. With an influx of about 200,000 new residents per year to the DFW metro area the construction industry in the Metroplex has grown exponentially. This has created a labor shortage and caused the movement of skilled and unskilled labor from one job to another seeking higher wages. The lack of labor, high taxes, and the need for additional space prompted the decision of UMG to move from McKinney to Winnsboro. They are convinced that they would have a sufficient labor pool in our area. According to the owner of UMG, their move to the Winnsboro area would result in 100 jobs within 2 -3 years and possibly 150 jobs within five years. This would mean additional housing, new businesses, additional sales and property tax, not to mention higher school enrollment. This is the info. I received from our city administrator."
--- Councilmember social media post 2/12/18 as to current facts on the project.
A typical "Financial Reports" package would include Accounts Payables, Receivables, Check Registers, Revolving Loan Fund, Investments and Bank Statements (with identifiable information redacted). The city of Winnsboro only reports their Accounts Payables online and in the city council packets available for public inspection.
2017 Financial Reports Presently Available to the public as presented on the city website in January 2018:
Data sourced directly through the City of Winnsboro's official website through Texas Open Records Act. Page under construction. Data mined 12/27/2017; content subject to updates. Most city forms are not dated on the forms at this time.
What is this page? A condensed one-page version of most all the records data on the city's website, reformatted for easier access and viewing, plus financial documents not listed on the city's website, obtained through public meetings and open records and previous website downloads.
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