An update from the Warren city auditor

DEAR EDITOR:

A 2018 first-half financial review for January through June shows Warren’s general fund collected $14,771,987.59, while total general fund expenses equaled $12,353,637.95 in that same period.

The first half saw a monthly revenue average of $2.46 million and a monthly expense average of $2.05 million.

Revenue from withholding for the first half of the year has been recorded at $8.4 million, which is slightly higher than half of the $16,776,000 budgeted for the year.

The following orders to proceed were issued by the administration in the second quarter of 2018: utility road cut repairs, $74,400; sanitary and storm sewer improvements for Star Allotment, $932,625; custodial services for city buildings, $49,140; North River Road Greenway Trailhead, $247,382; design phase 1 of the Water Pollution Control pump station, $2.4 million; and on July 3, the Laird, Genesee, Woodland resurfacing project was issued an order to proceed.

On June 29, the finance department filed its Comprehensive Annual Finance Report (special thanks to Deputy Auditor Nancy Ruggieri and department heads) for the year ending Dec. 31, 2017, with the Auditor of State and Government Finance Officers Association, or GFOA, as required by the state of Ohio.

Warren has a 15-year history of receiving the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting with the GFOA dating back to 2002.

The Warren finance department, 391 Mahoning Ave., can be reached by calling 330-841-2586 or emailing vflask1@warren.org.

VINCENT S. FLASK

Auditor, City of Warren

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