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March 25, 2009
Stortz raises GASB 45 issue
Email sent from former Mayor William Stortz to city officials yesterday:
Dear Mayor Ward,
From what I hear, the GASB 45 Issue is not dead, at least yet, supposedly the Council can and will vote on it.
I know that many people still have questions, and while some answers may have been given, the information has not been widely or adequately disseminated, and in some cases is still being questioned.
I would like to suggest, like to ask, that the city make this issue part of their Web Site, until it is resolved or closed. I would like to see the public have the opportunity to ask questions, have them posted, along with answers. This way the questions will be public and the answers documented for all to see.
Perhaps the questions could be submitted on line and be filtered through your office so as to eliminate the extraneous and irrelevant or self-serving ones, and maybe some questions can even be combined. You, your office, would assign the questions to the appropriate department, who would provide your office with responses to be posted. That way you, and the council would also be aware of the public interest and concerns.
There may be variations to this that might make it more effective, but providing for a forum for questions, AND answers, may help bring this issue to a successful conclusion. Since it could amount to a possible half mill impact, I am sure that the public would have a real interest. By making the public more a part of the process, prompt closure might be achieved.
Hopefully you will consider this, and implement it, or at least some version of it.
As usual, I will try to answer any questions, and expand on this if you are interested.
William T. Stortz
PS: Bill, you should include me on these things!
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