“HARAHAN, LA.An internal External (Correction made on August 18, 2016) audit recently completed by Postlethwaite & Netterville shows that the Harahan's administration has imposed significant internal controls on spending and reporting, and has reduced the city's deficit by more than 75% equaling $958,594.00 in one year.

            The City's ability to pay down its debt leaves the City deficit balance at $298,109.00 at the end of 2015 with a remaining fund balance of $994,116.00.  Harahan Mayor Tina Miceli stated, "I am pleased to see that our focus to rein in spending and tighten financial controls has put our city in a much better position to be poised for progress.  Change has brought with it anxiety and tension at times, but in the end our city is better and stronger for the work that we have done collectively.  I appreciate the efforts of every department leader, government employee and councilmember credited with saving financial resources, smart management and overall making sacrifices to protect the pocketbooks of our city's taxpayers."

            Miceli also pointed to the hiring of a new CPA for the City … as measures that will strengthen the city's financial reporting and management.  Regarding internal controls to better comply with Government Auditing Standards, Postlethwaite & Netterville highlighted the new administration's decision to comply with the City's governing act by conducting an annual tax sale on delinquent property taxes.  The report indicates that the city's first tax sale will be held October 19, but by June of this year the city had already collected $122,640.00 from those who have paid simply by being invoiced.  Said Miceli, "If we are going to be good stewards of taxpayer money, we need to ensure that all taxpayers are treated equally and all are paying their fair share.  In many cases, property owners just needed a little reminder to pay their debt, and they did so willingly.  We met with every property owner who was willing to discuss their tax liability.  When they realized that there was a way to protect their investment, they resolved their debt"

            The audit also notes that under this administration, the City now has a budget in the required format of the Local Government Budget Act.  Added Miceli, "This measure simply promotes transparency.  By complying with the act to ensure that all line items are in order and easy to understand, the City is making it easier for everyone to see how their dollars are being spent."  Miceli also believes the decision to move to the standard format in financial reporting will alleviate problems that have delayed budgeting between the council and administration.  The audit also revived the debate on health insurance premiums.  As of July 2015, the City discontinued paying medical and life insurance premiums to council members as recommended by the state's legislative auditor.  A legal opinion on whether the City can recover approximately $56,000.00 from council members is pending.”

 

Original article by Buisson Creative

PRESS RELEASE

May 25th, 2016

 

Harahan PD Holds HOPE Graduation Ceremony

On May 24th, 2016, the Harahan Police Department held the HOPE graduation ceremony for the 5th grade students at Harahan Elementary School.
Officer Darlene Schwartz conducted the training for the Harahan Police Department’s HOPE Program (Harahan Officers Providing Education) educating the students on: drug awareness, bullying, prejudice and the effects of alcohol and smoking.

Officer Schwartz has been providing this program in local schools for over five years.

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Pictured left to right: Mrs. Stacey Ledet, Mrs. Glenda Smith Officer Darlene Schwartz, Mrs. Heather Donelon, Principal Mrs. Stephanie Scott, Police Chief Tim Walker and Mayor Tina Miceli. Mrs. Ledet, Smith and Donelon are the 5th grade teachers.