Thursday, February 12, 2015
Huff on audit: We're blaming the tornado, we were already working on it, we may not do what they say anyway
"I look forward to getting that audit out in front of the community and answering any questions they may have," Huff told interviewer Judy Stiles, in the latest Newsmakers video, which accompanies this post.
Huff said that steps have already been taken to implement some of the auditors' recommendations. Findings came in areas that "we knew we needed to shore up anyway," he added.
"Certainly, there's some areas we can improve on, ones we already knew we needed to shore up," Huff said, repeating what appears to be the approach he is going to take to respond to the audit. There are problems, but they already knew about it and just has not been able to do anything about it to this point.
In the response to the auditors' findings, it also appears that Huff and the R-8 Board are going to rely heavily on the "we had a tornado and we had to do things differently" approach.
"With our circumstances, we didn't have the means to do it at the time," Huff said.
The audit was not limited to financial matters, Huff said. "They took a deep and broad look at the school district which we really appreciate. It's much deeper and broader than the annual audit."
The audit portion of the video begins at about the 10:30 mark. At the 14:55 mark, Huff indicates that the district may not follow all of the auditors' recommendations.
In the interview, Huff also addresses the TIF situation, saying the school would work with the city to "hold hands together and work it out as a community."
Talking about the decision to support the TIF, Huff said, "We're not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. We make mistakes, but when we make a mistake, we try to back up and do it right."
Huff did not mention any instances in which he has taken that approach.