|Although the City of Teller is the owner of the water treatment plant, the Bering Straits School District (BSSD) has operated the plant for many years. The city does not allocate funds to the treatment facility and water and wastewater services are not included in the overall city budget. Throughout the years, BSSD has allocated funds to operate the plant. BSSD pays all the bills, including electric and fuel. The utility does not have a separate budget. It is likely that BSSD has a budget, but no copy of the utility budget was provided to RUBA staff.
Nome RUBA staff assessed other public utility services provided by the city. This report combines the water and wastewater system and these other services in this report. The other services include the washeteria, honeybucket hauling and landfill. The city adopted its FY12 budget by the deadline. The overall city budget is balanced and includes all revenues and expenditures for each department. However, based on financial data from the current budget and budgets of prior years, the washeteria, honeybucket hauling and landfill services have not generated enough revenue to cover all operating expenditures. The city council has voted to subsidize these services deemed essential by both the city residents and the city council. For instance, the honeybucket hauling expenditures for FY12 are $49,943, while the expected revenue is $30,000. The city budget shows that the total washeteria expenditures are $35,901, while the revenue is respectively $25,000. The city uses Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funds, Community Revenue Sharing Program funds and Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation Community Benefit Share funds to subsidize these services.
This quarter, Nome RUBA staff has requested monthly financial reports, collection reports and monthly meeting minutes of the city council but has not received them. Without such documents, RUBA staff is unable to confirm whether the washeteria, honeybucket and landfill services have year-to-date revenues equal to or above those budgeted or if year-to-date expenditures are equal or below those budgeted. It is not known if a monthly manager's report is prepared and provided to the city council. |