The Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Austin, is criticizing the City of Killeen as findings from a recent independent audit of the city have been released and show several instances of possible misuse of taxpayer funds, despite the city’s claim of a revenue problem.
In a recent blog post, the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s director of the Center for Local Governance James Quintero points to a recent report in the Killeen Daily Herald that highlights the audit’s findings that appear to show not only misuse, but extreme waste of city funds.
“The audit’s findings reinforce the notion that Killeen has a spending problem, not a revenue problem even if officials would like to argue otherwise,” Quintero said in his post.
Quintero referred to the audit outcomes which states that bond funds were used for operating expenses and even salaries without proper authorization and that there was no planning or analysis done regarding capital projects. In addition, money from “enterprise” funds was transferred and used to buy vehicles that were not related to the fund.
Also stated in the audit, was the fact that the city’s pay raises showed no consistency in those employees who received cost-of-living and performance raises and those employees who received no pay raises.
“There’s a growing body of evidence that cities are spending like drunken sailors,” Quintero said.