McConkey at the March 21st 2015 delegation meeting, said that " If we completely fund the farm/dpw at the rate in commissioner’s budget, it fully funds all the activities demonstrated to have lost over 40% and have cost the taxpayers over 5 years $500,000 or more. If we do nothing and keep it the same we go nowhere."
At the April 28th 2016 BoS meeting, Rep. Cordelli also provided some inaccurate data: "Mr. Cordelli provided the Board with the farm’s numbers for expenditures/revenue and subsequent loss from 2010 to 2015, a total of $447,880."..... Paul (Punturieri) felt that the full audit should be done first before going ahead. He questioned cutting the farm’s budget and changing a historical program.
Here are the actual audited revenue and expenditures for the last five fiscal years:
$171,000 is far less than the half million claimed , but it also tells a bit of a different story. The farm actually turned a profit in 2013, but revenue then dropped off a cliff in 2014 and 2015. I would have asked the obvious question as to why? What happened the past two years?
I stand by my comments on April 28th that the decision to defund the farm was wrong and a more detailed analysis should have been undertaken. The audits were available through at least 2014 at the time the budget was finalized and yet neither McConkey nor Cordelli reviewed the audited figures for accuracy, but continued to support their position despite gross inaccuracies.
As a member of the delegation, I will work collaboratively with the county and commissioners , and make decisions based upon fact and what is in the best interest of Carroll County taxpayers.