Carmel City Council approves $72K for Clerk-Treasurer’s budget


One meeting after the Carmel City Council voted to take $52,000 out of the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office’s budget to pay for a citywide audit, the Council voted Dec. 5 to replenish some of it by transferring $72,600 from the Carmel Police Dept.’s gasoline line item to the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office’s 2016 year-end budget.

City Councilor Sue Finkam said she was happy to adjust Clerk-Treasurer Christine Pauley’s budget once she had accurate figures.

“We didn’t know what the year-end estimated balances would

be, so we took a stab at it,” she said.

Linda J. Harvey, chief deputy clerk of operations, said the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office already covered a portion of the contract with the consultant for the physical inventory audit, so $52,000 would not have been enough since the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office was expecting to be reimbursed. The asset inventory audit is needed to complete a response to a State Board of Accounts audit.

One sticking point with the some councilors was $4,460 requested for new furniture to replace office chairs, desks and bookshelves.