Southport Clerk-Treasurer (CT), Diana Bossingham was unable to provide the monthly Fund Report at the May Council meeting.
The previous CT, Kathy Hildebrand was frequently admonished for not consistently offering timely reports to the Southport Council for review. District 3 Representative, Rose Harrison was often the most vocal critic of missing reports often delivering vicious accusations of impropriety toward CT Hildebrand and Mayor Thoman.
“I know something is wrong,” Harrison shouted at the November 2010 meeting “you’re both up to no good”. Harrison and Thoman were often at odds over the reports and register of claims. Remarkably, Harrison was strangely silent at the May meeting, the third time that Bossingham failed to have the report ready for consideration by the public and councilors.
“We all wished that the reports were available,” explained former mayor Rob Thoman. “It’s surprising now to see how quiet Councilor Harrison is now that her Team Southport is in charge”. “The toxicity she espoused while Hildebrand served didn’t’ help matters and added to the incivility that we all experienced”.
Monthly Fund Reports summarize the income and expense for each unique city account used in municipal accounting. Claims are paid from these separate funds and the totals are then reconciled each month.
Troubles began at the beginning of Bossingham‘s term when the clerk-treasurers computer suspiciously became inoperable only days after official records were transferred to Testruth and Bossingham. According to reports from City tech support personnel, Bossingham broke the recharging outlet in the laptop. A new computer was purchased and the accounting software never transferred over leaving months of corrections outside of Bossingham‘s new reports.
Hildebrand provided training and confirmed the accounting records with Bossingham in the days following Team Southport’s inauguration on January 1st, 2012. Both successfully worked with the hardware and software in the first days of Bossingham’s term.
It’s no wonder that Testruth and Bossingham don’t understand the financial condition of the City. She doesn’t know what monies belong in which account. She’s using records from an earlier reconciliation and can’t find the end-of-year corrections added in December 2011.