July 23, 2022

Pocatello for Accountable Government Entities: Keeping Government Accountable

Pocatello for Accountable Government Entities has posted another budget update on their social media site.  The post reads:

Here you have it, the 7/21/2022 “presented FY23 budget!” Council approved two small adjustments by accepting some new construction revenue from Power County and restoring a $10K cut to Parks.
In the end, the motion to publish was once again a 3-3-1 vote with the mayor as a tiebreaker. The final budget will be voted upon at their meeting after the Council holds a public hearing on August 4, 2022. This is your opportunity to express your opinion.
Take a few minutes to look this over. If you think this packet has little resemblance to an actual budget – we couldn’t agree more. But, to be fair, the City has been down a full-time CFO for about a year. All staff who stepped up this budget season did an incredible job with this huge and thankless task. There are a lot of moving parts in a municipal budget. But, if YOU were tasked with financial oversight, would this be sufficient?
Are we too picky? We don’t think so. Please look at just a few other Idaho city proposed budgets & the level of detail provided. How does Pocatello compare?

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