The city of Rosenberg is in the market for a new auditor. But Mayor Bill Benton isn’t happy about how rushed this process will be.

At the Rosenberg City Council workshop meeting Tuesday, Assistant City Manager Joyce Vasut presented the professional audit services contract.

According to city staff, auditors would need to begin the mandatory annual auditing process in June.

“It is a little late (to find a new auditor),” Vasut revealed. “Typically for the fiscal year 2020 audit, they normally would come out in June. (Switching) would delay that by about two months.

“The first year, they do spend a lot more time out here because they have to learn procedures and policies. We could make it work, but it would put us a little behind schedule.”

Benton said he was confused as to why this item was brought to council so close to auditing season.

“Virus or no virus, I want this discussed in March, not May, so future councils have the opportunity to discuss this,” Benton said.

“Staff has a way of driving these procedures and council relies on y’all to do this.

“These things need to be done in a timely manner.”

Pattillo, Brown & Hill has audited the city since 2012. City staff has suggested extending the contract for another two years.

“We haven’t had new eyes in eight years,” Benton said. “I’m puzzled why staff would recommend another two years. My suggestion is it doesn’t hurt to seek proposals.”

Council members Tim Anders, Richard Olson and Jacob Balderas agreed.

“On the two-year extension, could it be looked at as one year?” council member Kevin Raines asked.

“To look for some breathing room. I hate rushing through to get bids in with the way the world is right now.”

Council members Isaac Davila and Steve DeGregorio agreed, but were outnumbered.

City staff will seek proposals for a new auditor.

The next regular Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held June 2.

Citizens will be allowed to attend council meetings, but must first be screened for symptoms associated with COVID-19, including a temperature check; and must wear a protective mask while in Rosenberg City Hall.

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