The Cumberland City Council proposed some changes to the city’s accounting procedures during a recent meeting, voting to have a payroll account closed.
Council member Yvonne Gilliam pointed out that the way the accounts are currently set up makes it difficult to tell how the money was being used.
“I would like to see our (financial) sheets revised into each department carrying its own weight with the income coming in so we’re seeing what we really are short and what department we need to work on,” said Gilliam. “I’d like to see us do away with this payroll account…This is really confusing. It’s hard to trace money like this.”
Council member David Dixon asked why the payroll account was created, but did not get an answer.
“If we break down each department, take the budget every month and get a report with what the yearly budget is supposed to be and what they’ve used, we’re going to know what (department) is over and under,” said council member Charles Raleigh.
Mayor Carolyn Elliott told the council there are legal issues to be considered when dealing with city funds.
“There are certain funds that you can move money around and it’s perfectly legal,” said Elliott. “There are some funds…you can’t touch. You can’t move those around.”
Dixon made a motion to close a payroll account, seconded by Charles Raleigh. The motion passed without any opposition.
Raleigh pointed out that closing the payroll account will have no effect on employees getting paid.
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