Board to dissolve youth commission

Hires financial consultant

In a brief regular meeting Monday night, the Sallisaw Board of City Commissioners voted to hire a financial consultant and discussed ending the Youth and Recreation Committee in an effort to redirect a hotel/motel tax.

The board agreed to hire RS Meacham, CPAs and Advisors of Clinton for consulting services on financial matters of the City of Sallisaw.

Sallisaw City Manager Keith Skelton told the board there are changes coming to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Yellow Book standards that will require the city to prepare year-end financial statements by city staff or contract with a consultant to prepare statements for review by an independent auditor.

Skelton said the staff is wanting to get ahead of those upcoming GAO changes by moving RS Meacham to a consulting role to assist the city in preparing those end of the year financial statements. Also, Meacham will provide consulting services related to accounting and how the city accounts for its various transactions.

In information provided to the commissioners, Skelton said the fee for these services for the year ending June 30, 2019, will not exceed $25,000. Other services or supplemental projects not included in the scope of the original services will be provided at a standard hourly rate ranging from $50 to $200 per hour and must be pre-approved by the board.

Commissioners gave the go-ahead for Skelton and staff to discontinue the Youth and Recreation Commission and use the Sallisaw Youth League in an advisory role.

Skelton said the Sallisaw Youth and Recreation Commission was created following the creation of a Hotel/Motel tax ordinance. He said the Youth and Recreation Commission has met five times in the past 36 months.

Under a contract with the Sallisaw Youth League for operations of the Sallisaw Sports Complex, Skelton said the Youth League acts in an advisory capacity on how funds are spent at the sports complex and the staff would like to make more use of the Youth League in that advisory role.

He said the Hotel/Motel tax funds are not dedicated to the sports complex and has actually been used for other projects like the splash pad project.

Skelton said staff will make changes to the ordinance and bring it before the board at the Feb. 11 meeting.

Sequoyah County Times

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