Fayette County Commissioners need to explain to taxpayers NOW – Zelenkofske Axelrod paid but no report given?

The auditing firm has been paid $17,000  invoices reqs checks.  But where’s the report?  This is wrong on so many levels.

By letter dated August 24, 2018 …Yes 2018 Zelenkofske Axelrod set forth an engagement between them and Fayette County regarding the Tax Claim Fund of Fayette County. Read the letter Aug ZA engagement ltr

About 30 days later, September 20, 2018, 2 commissioners (Lohr/Vicites) voted to enter into the agreement, for an amount not to exceed $17,000. See MinutesMinutes

Understanding it takes time to complete the task, I waited for about 6 months before, internally, asking for a copy of the report. I was told each time by the Tax Claim Bureau and Controllers Office that neither were in receipt of it.

By email of June 4, 2019, the auditing firm said they are working on it and hope to have a draft in the next 30 days. See ZA email

By handwritten note dated July 16, 2019 to Vicites/Lohr I asked if they received a copy. No response from either of them

Now more than a year later, by email of October 3, 2019, I again asked the auditing firm for a copy of the report. See ZA email

By letter of October 9, 2019, I wrote the auditing firm. See Oct letter to ZA

So ……….more than One Year later this is we were are:
1. I don’t have a copy of the report despite numerous requests
2.  Tax Claim Bureau & Controllers’ Office don’t have a copy of the report
3.  Vicites/Lohr refuse to respond whether they have a copy of the report
4. The auditing firm has refused to respond to me since June 4, 2019
5. The auditing firm submitted 4 invoices throughout this timeframe
6. Vicites/Lohr approved the 4 payments to the auditing firm
7. The controllers’ office & the computer system confirms invoices reqs checks
8. TheAug ZA engagement ltr states their findings in the “report will be addressed to the County of Fayette Board of Commissioners and Tax Claim Bureau”

Questions being asked by me AND should be asked by you
1. Why has the auditing firm refused to respond?
2. Why have both commissioners refused to respond?
3. Why did 2 commissioners (and county staff) process the last invoice without a report in hand?
4. Why did the county pay the last invoice without receiving the completed work i.e the Report?

As of today October 23, 2019 @ 2:35 pm the Tax Claim Bureau is not in receipt of the report; I am not in receipt of the report; the auditing firm has not responded to me; neither of my fellow commissioners responded.

So what, if anything, will be done?

 

 

 

 

 

Incumbent commissioner candidate Dave Lohr radio ad disturbing about Fayette County’s Moody’s rating

In listening to Fayette County Commissioner Dave Lohr “vote for me ” radio ad asking voters to re-elect him because he “fixed” the county’s Moody Rating I shake my head in disgust.  Lohr claims to have fixed it when he took office 4 years ago. Really? Then why did Moody, earlier this month, write to Fayette County and why did the financial consultant not have the financials prepared and why did Lohr, Lynch, Vicites and staff attempt to keep this under wraps.

Moody wants a response saying that the county’s financials need to be submitted.  Then read Financial Consultant response (Sam Lynch whose company has been paid millions) that he sent to Vicites and Lohr and conveniently omitted me. (this isn’t the first time). When I became aware that our Moody rating was at risk AZ email to Moody.

It is truly pitiful to hear Re-elect me radio ads that are not truthful.  It is pitiful that the county’s paid financial consultant continues to omit me from important county issues. It is pitiful that two fellow commissioners continue representing Fayette County in this manner

So will you vote to re-elect them?