The News Star Reports on Jonesboro

Jonesboro awaits court ruling about a fiscal administrator

The town of Jonesboro and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office await a decision from the 2nd Judicial District Court on whether a fiscal administrator will be appointed to take over the town’s finances.

The hearing in the state of Louisiana vs. the town of Jonesboro wrapped up last week, but the court withheld a decision pending the filing of briefs by both sides, which were due Friday, Laura Gerdes Colligan with the Attorney General’s Office said Monday.

Town attorney Carol Powell-Lexing said the independent fiscal administrator would be a full-time position and possibly could cost the town $100 an hour.

The Attorney General’s Office filed suit June 28 against the town of Jonesboro.

The Attorney General’s Office alleges there is a “state of fiscal emergency brought on by actions and inactions of the town.”

According to the suit, the town’s independent auditor noted the town did not maintain adequate records of disbursements, did not properly reconcile bank accounts or accounts receivable or payable and did enter all transactions into the town’s accounting records.

This resulted in the town’s auditors’ inability to express an opinion on the town’s financial statements over the course of the 2008, 2009 and 2010 fiscal years, according to the suit.

Powell-Lexing said the town has corrected the deficiencies found during the 2010 fiscal year.

9 Responses to “The News Star Reports on Jonesboro”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Sure hope we hear something this week.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Good article.

    Rev. Dill – take note – report did not twist the story nor did he reflect his personal opinion.

    And it is interesting that Leslie’s attorney only keeps saying do not spend more money ….maybe she should think about where the money went and the incorrect income projections provided by the mayor…..

    • No More Spin Says:

      Yes and Shernay needs to take note as well, well written and BALANCED, it did not try to spin the news, just report it.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Has the “real FBI” come in yet to investigate the robbery of the part store?

    Hopefully, the poster with the “it’s a set up by the sheriff” will call the FBI…on his way to check himself in to Pineville!

  4. Anonymous Says:

    maybe if the people who owe hundreds of dollars were made to pay up in water bills that are $200.00 and a lot more, some owing $7-8-9- hundred $1000- and $ 2000 were made to pay up what they owe in full the town might have some money

    • sunrisesunset Says:

      That is absolutely correct. Hopefully, the FA will direct such a move be made to collect these long delayed payments. These people should be MADE to pay up………..just like most citizens are expected to do unless you are one of mayors pets.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    That is one of the reasons that the mayor did not want an outsider to come in and see all those unpaid utility bills not being followed up on. This is undoubtedly one of the first things the FA will do, and it will be up to the mayor and town council to answer as to why they either made the offenders pay up or had their utilities cut off.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    hey thompson i have a question for you i know you read this.i was my way to church this past sunday drove by city hall.your car was there along with a white car that had out of state tags and it was backed up right in front of the fron door with its trunk up! yall where loading box,s in the trunk so my question is mr.thompson what where you and the other guy loading up in the car?

  7. Maureen Says:

    Hi JanJamm and Sam,

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