The letter further states: “It is understood and agreed that PwC will not be responsible for any review and/or audit of the CRVA’s operating policies or organizational structure.”
WHAT??? Is this the understanding of the public, the Council, Mayor, and City Manager before we paid $25,000 for Consultation with PricewaterhouseCoopers?
But, did we pay $25,000? So far, no representative of CRVA or the City will answer that question—and upon reading the agreement letter, it seems a fair question:
(PwC) “We estimate our fees for this engagement will be $25,000… At the time the fees for the engagement reach $25,000, PwC will so notify Client in writing, and Client will elect in writing whether to receive additional services. In addition to professional fees, PwC also will bill Client for our reasonable out-of-pocket expenses, any applicable sales, use or value added tax, and internal per-ticket charges for booking travel.”
They agreed upon a $25,000 retainer up front and the remainder to be invoiced on May 27th, 2011.
It seems that someone in the position Senior Director of Communications would be already know or be able to find out whether PwC was paid $25,000—or more… but she has insisted she doesn’t know and would not get the answer as of this posting, despite being designated by the City to release the information requested. Refusing to give an answer before Monday’s vote doesn’t feel like transparency.
I would like to know what additional monies have been paid. I would like to know if the Mayor, Council, City Manager, or any other City Employees knew all this money would not be spent to actually audit the CRVA.
View the entire Letter of Agreement here
UPDATE: 7/28/2011 Monday night's vote by Council and the Mayor was unanimous to give millions more of our money away to a group which has demonstrated stellar poor judgment in operating themselves, their budget, and our City-owned facilities. As far as Cooksey's strong words of support leading up, I'm not surprised that the Hospitality Community supports having buckets more tax money coming their way at our expense.
Open all the books. When even children could explain what was wrong with your bonus and other related policies, you need to stand up, admit the decisions you have made poorly, then get on with fixing them to move forward... calling in the City Attorney (why is this the only time we consider the CRVA a City Agency?--when they need attorney's dollars?) to claim there was no ethical problem just wasn't the way to go. Mea culpas and plans to change in short order would have likely sufficed.
See the concerns and views stated during the Council Meeting on July 25th by going to this link
You can "JUMP TO" "Citizen Comments" for some strong comments from Wayne Powers and then "JUMP TO" "CRVA Vote" to get to that debate. Just because that vote is over doesn't mean it's too late to express your concern or viewpoint to our elected officials and City Manager Curt Walton, who is not elected, but serves at the pleasure of the Council/Mayor. Manager Walton has responsiblity for running most of the City (details to follow in another "get to know your government" post for newcomers).
But do write about what you want to happen with the organization(s), facilities, and other related items. There's much ahead to be done. Bottom line, we want this to be successful.
Really, could we get a response to