Sunday, December 21, 2014

State audit: BUSD spending very high

By Laura Swan
The Bisbee Observer
According to the Arizona School District spending report audit performed by the State of Arizona Auditor General’s office, released earlier this year, Bisbee Unified School District’s administrative costs are very high and spending on plant operations has increased substantially while spending on food service and instruction support has decreased over a five-year spending trend.
The audit rates BUSD’s spending of $1,277 per student on administrative cost as very high. The peer average is $1,077, and the state average cost for administration is $746 per student.
The report also shows BUSD has a ratio of 53 stu ....read full story (e-subscribers only)

StoneGarden approval raises city pension cost concerns

By Laura Swan
The Bisbee Observer
At a regular meeting of the Bisbee City Council Tuesday night, questions were raised as to who is responsible for payments into the employees’ pension fund if the mayor and council approve Operation StoneGarden funds.
Bisbee City Council Member Serena Sullivan asked if the city would be responsible for pension cost related to officers working Operation StoneGarden.  She also said approving StoneGarden “is allowing militarization of our local law enforcement.”
City Finance Director Sharon Buono said absolutely that the city’s pension obligation will be impacted in the long term. Sullivan then said, “I believe  ....read full story (e-subscribers only)

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