January 13, 2022

In a social media post made by Pocatello for Accountable Government Entities (P.A.G.E.) on January 7 and in a statement given to this news site, the government watchdog group takes issue with Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad limiting the information that is reported on the City’s Monthly Expenditure Report.  P.A.G.E. Cofounder Heather Disselkoen says, “By directing City staff to limit information on expenditure reports to only items of $10K-or-more and creating obstacles for individuals requesting further details to “view” those details within city offices, one must not only question the mayor’s commitment to transparency, but also wonder what the City is hiding – items like the $9K remodels including custom granite countertops will no longer appear on City expenditure reports.”

A City memo authored by former Pocatello Chief Financial Officer Jim Krueger dated December 2, 2021, obtained by P.A.G.E. and posted on their Facebook site, says in part, “A three page report is provided herewith that shows the detail for those claims that are $10,000 or greater.”  The memo goes on to say, “The Mayor has directed the Finance staff to have this report organized in the manner in which it is presented herewith.”

Previous reports issued by the Finance Department had shown all expenditures, not just those limited to $10,000 or greater.  Disselkoen noted, “The City has the capability to prepare full reports with all expenditures and to post them online.  This is just another example of an action not aligning with words and of a leader creating division versus building trust.”

You can view the P.A.G.E. posting and related documents, here:  Pocatello For Accountable Government Entities | Facebook

You can view an earlier published Finance report with considerably more detail, here:  1713 (pocatello.us)

 

 

 

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