Friday, February 08, 2008

Oops, I made a mistake on the independent auditor blog post below

Springfield Public Information Director Louise Whall sent me an email today to scold me about my last posting regarding Bill 2008-045 (I have removed the preceding post on Bill 2008-045 after allowing adequate time for readers to view it. I did this because the information was incorrect but I am leaving this post addressing it so as not to appear to be hiding a mistake. I simply see no reason to keep a post available that is incorrect). Seems I completely misinterpreted the salary that would be paid to the independent auditor.

Ms. Whall wrote:

"I would urge you to please correct your blog post. It would have been prudent to investigate this before you go posting completely inaccurate information."

I thought I had. I missed some important information because I focused more on the introduction to the bill, the job description, functions and qualifications, which I carefully read. And I focused on comparing what other City employees earn that are comparable in salary, but I blew through the part about the budget adjustment. The adjustment of $21,563 is an appropriation reserved to pay for the last quarter of the 2007/2008 budget year and had I read it closer I might have realized that.

My apologies for the misunderstanding. I'd like to say I'll never make a mistake again but, knowing myself like I do I think I know better than to say such a foolish thing.

At any rate, it's nice to know the City is watching me as closely as I am watching them.

Thanks for teaching me a lesson, Ms. Whall. It's always good to be reminded that we must look at ALL the fine print and not just a part of it.


Jason said...

The fact you're willing to correct your mistakes speaks volumes about your integrity.

Jackie Melton said...

Integrity doesn't cost anything. ;) Now, if there was a fee for mistakes, then I'd be in big trouble. Haw.

Anonymous said...

Re: mistakes

Whenever that ever happens to me, I just say, "Pardon me, I made a mistake, and if you've never made one, you cannot possibly know how I feel...

I think the City has made a few mistakes over the years, which is why we need the independent auditor in the first place.

It is nice that Ms. Whall is reading something other than the local newspaper.