The article in today’s paper (Feb. 15, 2017) fails to mention that the Comptroller’s Office doesn’t recognize the assignments totaling $2 million related to the jail. One would think that the paper would want the public to know this considering last year on September 7, 2016 the paper reported on the front page that the funds were assigned and not committed, trying to distinguish accounting terms.
From that story,
“’Assigned — not committed,’ Commissioner Chairman Jerome Moon said.”
“Vineyard said during Tuesday’s Blount County Budget Committee meeting. ‘I have assigned $1 million to public safety for the commission and this body to address whatever they need to address toward jail overcrowding.’”
The mayor and “management” don’t have the authority to express the county’s intent in assigning funds. The paper should distinguish who has authority to express the county’s intent through assignments in the General Fund.