Council edges closer to audit contract extension

Staff writer

After some deliberation, Hillsboro City Council members met in the middle in discussing an extension for the city’s audit contract with Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball.

Council members split on the two options presented to them. The first was a three-year extension that would cost between $14,000 and $15,000. The second option was a single-year contract costing $16,500.

Council member Shelby Dirks said he favored the one-year plan because he wanted the city to be able to start the next year fresh with more bid options, and Bob Watson sided with city administrator Larry Paine’s recommendation to move ahead with the three-year contract.

Because a decision could not be made, Paine suggested going back to the firm to work out a two-year deal that could cost between the two options. The council will discuss the issue further at the next meeting.

In other business:

  • Former Marion firefighter Bill Bradford was appointed to the city fire department, filling one of two vacant volunteer positions.
  • Because Watson and fellow council member Marlene Fast will not be in town March 18, the meeting regularly scheduled for that day will be March 25 instead.
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