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Mayor: Finances to be accurately reflected in Williamsport

Mayor Derek Slaughter remains keen on continuing to get the city’s financial house in order.

One large part of that will be the implementation of the multi-year strategic financial plan with guidance from EConsult Solutions Inc., he said.

The city applied with the state Department of Community and Economic Development and the government agency gave the city 70% toward the cost of implementing the plan, he said.

The city is responsible for 30% and there is no limit, so if EConsult Solutions has 10 recommendations to start, such as better financial software or software for human resources, the state covers 70% of the cost.

The goal is for better financial software providing real time data to council and to the public on the city website, he said.

At the same time, auditors continue doing their work on prior and current-year audits, as well as projected city and River Valley Transit audits.

The administration will keep council abreast of transit decisions through use of a consultant and the transit solicitor.

The state Department of Transportation has set guidelines to monitor River Valley Transit, such as a newly formed transit oversight committee.

Meanwhile, a Feb. 17 public hearing is scheduled to allow input on whether the pursuit of a transit authority are steps in the right direction, he said.

This article is based on a video interview conducted by the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, which can be found on the Sun-Gazette’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

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