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Stewart City Council breezes through short agenda, hears annual audit report

The Stewart City Council breezed through some routine items in a 35-minute meeting Monday night.
The most time-consuming item was the 2016 annual audit report, which showed the city gaining in its cash position in its general fund, primarily because it under-budgeted for revenues. Jon Archer, the city auditor, said that a good portion of the revenue increase was because the city received more local government aid (LGA) from the state than it had anticipated.
Archer also noted that the city was building high balances in its water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer funds, but pointed out that it was good thing.
“I’m not alarmed about it,” said Archer. “It seems like a lot of money, but you have to think about how much it costs when you need to make repairs.”

For more from the City Council meeting, see the July 12 print edition of The Chronicle.