The city of Danville is in a fortunate position in these tight financial times. It is sitting pretty with a sizable nest egg while other cities and the state struggle to make ends meet. Multimillion-dollar projects can be considered at the drop of a hat.
There's just one flaw with this picture. The latest audit of city accounts finds the finance department is "a rudderless ship." The comments made by auditor Craig Butler echo problems found in the 2000-2001 audit, so it can't be dismissed as a one-time problem.
It turns out the 2002-2003 fiscal year was a bad year for the residents of Danville.
After all, it is primarily our tax money and the money we pay for water and sewer that the city's finance staff is overseeing. And if they don't get it right, the residents are the ones who will have to financially correct the problem.
It is incumbent on this City Commission to find out just what it should have been doing to see that the finance department was operating correctly. One problem mentioned by Commissioner Terry Crowley was the delay in hiring a bookkeeper. There are bound to be others.