The city of Rosenberg has a new auditor.

At Tuesday’s regular Rosenberg City Council meeting, council members selected a new firm to audit the city.

This item was brought to council in May, with the suggestion to extend Pattillo Brown & Hill’s auditing services for another two years.

Pattillo, Brown & Hill has audited the city since 2012.

“This is important for those of you who will being staying on the council and future council members that every so often we have new eyes look at our numbers, and that we put it back out every so many years for rebid,” Mayor Bill Benton said. “Just keep that in mind that it might be a good idea to change auditing services every few years.”

The finance/audit committee held two special meetings and ultimately recommended Belt Harris Pechacek for the job.

“Belt was more in line with what we were paying,” council member Tim Anders, who sits on the committee, explained. “All their training seems up to par. They have an office nearby. I think we’ll have good luck with them.”

Council members Jacob Balderas and Kevin Raines also sit on the committee.

“I think this will be a good one to work with going into the future,” Raines added. “They work with a lot of government entities and I think they’ll understand us.”

According to Assistant City Manager Joyce Vasut, the city paid $43,000 for the auditing process last year. Patillo, Brown & Hill sought a bid for $46,000 and Belt Harris Pechacek’s bid was for $49,000.

“Belt was the number one choice because they were pretty comparable in price,” Balderas said. “They were within a 5% difference.

“A second thing is they have an office in Houston. And the third reason is the fact that they specialize in auditing… Texas cities.”

Council member Richard Olson then made a motion to award the auditing services contract to Belt Harris Pechacek. The motion was seconded by council member Steven DeGregorio and passed unanimously.

The next regular Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held July 21.

Citizens will not be allowed to attend council meetings, but can still ask questions via letters, telephone or email. Email comments to dswint@rosenbergtx.gov.

Meetings can be watched live on the city’s YouTube Channel “RosenbergTXGov,” on the city’s website at www.rosenbergtx.gov/tv, and on Comcast Channel 16 for residents within the city limits.

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