While the newspaper’s story said city officials were “trying to figure out how best to pay” for the truck, Clements pointed out the city unanimously approved the purchase from the general fund on Aug. 15, and the truck was delivered on Aug. 16 and paid for a day later after inspection.
At the Aug. 23 council meeting, Matt Rodriguez, a former councilman, asked about the truck, problems fitting it in the fire station and the plan to pay for it.
City Auditor Sharee Dick wants the city to wait until next year to repay the general fund with funds raised through long-term financing.
This will ensure the city gets the best interest rates and stays within a $10 million debt limit, Dick said in a memo to council.
The city needs the money available through the 2016 financing for road and sewer projects, Dick said in the memo.
“In order to save money on the cost of issuance, it would be advisable to pay cash,” she said.
The council later held a first reading on the ordinance supporting reimbursing the general fund for the cash purchase through financing plan next year. Mayor Amy Brewer said there would be time for discussion at the Sept. 6 work session.
The final vote is scheduled for Sept. 13.