MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon City Council approved four pieces of legislation Monday that fix a line-item fund error from the 1990s.
At issue is a fund created to financially support computerization of the municipal court. According to Terry Scott, city auditor, the state general assembly passed legislation in 1992 that allowed for fees to be charged to cover the cost of court and clerk of court computer equipment. However, after extensive research by the city law director, it was determined the fund was initially set up incorrectly. In order to correct the issue, legislation was presented to change the name of the fund, to create a second fund, to transfer part of the money into the new fund, and to make supplemental appropriations.
Scott explained the funds for the court and the clerk should have never been commingled.
The legislation was passed after suspending the rules for three readings at Scott’s request so that the books could be fixed as soon as possible.
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