Mayor vetoes council resolution for Parks Department audit

Mayor vetoes parks audit

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - La Crosse's mayor is vetoing a resolution passed by the city's common council calling for an external audit of the parks department.

In his announcement of the veto, Mayor Tim Kabat says the legislation passed by the council is too vague and duplicates audits and reviews that are already ongoing.

"Unlike the vague legislation, I proposed a detailed review and analysis of several of the most recent park development projects including specifically the financing, private fundraising, special account balances and how the projects were moved forward -- which addresses many of the concerns expressed by the council," said Kabat.

The council's resolution called to spend $30,000 to have an accounting firm look into the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department's income and donations, expenses and accounts for the past two years.

The mayor says the council didn't spell out how that audit would be different from the city's annual independent audit.

"The city's most recent audit confirms all funds are accounted for and the city is properly managing its finances, which addresses another of the Council's concerns," said Kabat in the veto announcement.

The council can override the veto with a two-thirds majority of 9 votes. The original resolution passed by a 10-to-3 margin.

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