Macon City Council, Workforce Development, still at odds
Macon City Council Members and the Macon-Bibb County Office of Workforce Development are still at odds over money owed to the city for administrative services, including use of the city's Information Technology System, and Accounting Department.
City Council Member Rick Hutto says the federally funded job development organization owes the city more than $15,000 for two months of services which include acting as the organization's fiscal agent.
Workforce Development Executive Director Kathy Thompson says the organization is on a strict funding schedule and she needed to do some creative budgeting after the city raised its administrative fee from 5% to 10%. Thompson says the city is also switching over its accounting system so she was unsure how much money was in her budget causing a delay in payment.
"It has taken all of July and most of August to get that information, so we're operating on, one, not having all the information, and two receiving a small amount of funding," Thompson said.
Thompson says now that she has all the information and the money the organization will be able to pay the fee.
City Council Member Rick Hutto says Thompson sent an e-mail Tuesday saying she would not pay the fee.
"It's the tax payer who is paying that bill, you know, we know that if we don't pay the electric bill at home, the lights get turned off, same thing here, if you don't want to pay your bill, that's fine go find another fiscal agent, but we're not going to continue to subsidize someone who is absolutely doing this to us and saying we're not paying," Hutto said.
Thompson says she sent an e-mail Tuesday, but it does not say her organization will not pay the fee.