Kingston’s debt rating fantastic — or is it?

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What great news to hear Kingston Mayor Troy Beets proclaim savings on current loans of “roughly $59,000 in fiscal 2013 and $56,000 in 2014.”

Let’s hope city council members remember whose money is being saved and gives taxpayers a $60,000 break when they work out those draconian tax increases they recently announced.

Also, here’s a question for someone in the know.  

We understand Ms. Eleanor Neal was suspended for making a typographical error in reporting Kingston’s tax rate to the state.  

If Ms. Neal reports to a boss, why in tarnation wasn’t her email, letter, or fax reviewed and signed-off on BEFORE transmittal?

As typographical errors happen often, one would think something as important as reporting the city’s tax rate for the upcoming year would warrant close scrutiny and at least two signatures.  

Thus, my question is this:

If Ms. Neal has a boss, why isn’t he or she taking the fall?   

As harsh as this sounds, it seems that in this case the bigger burden rests squarely upon management’s shoulders, not staff’s.  

After all, it is management’s responsibility to have in place procedures with checks and balances designed specifically to prevent such predictable and commonplace errors from becoming costly.

Indeed, the greater the potential for loss or liability, the more necessary it is that management be closely involved.

Brant Williams

P.S. Good news, bad news:
 The good news is that tax-rate error didn’t cost the city a dime (it wasn’t the city’s money yet), and it saved taxpayers $70,000.  

The bad news is that City Manager Pinkerton says it looks like there’s enough slack in the budget to absorb the short fall in tax confiscations.  

Unfortunately this means that to have that much flab, our city budgets must be full of baloney (something we have continually pointed out).