This is not the first time the Springdale Chamber of Commerce has been questioned about not providing adequate documentation to the city for how they spend taxpayer money.
On Tuesday night (12/13/11), Alderwoman Kathy Jaycox proposed establishing a committee to see that the Chamber provides the invoices for their expenditures as they have promised - and failed - to do for years.
“The city paid the chamber $227,000 this year,” Jaycox said. “I doubt the accuracy of the numbers presented by the chamber. We need more accountability and transparency from them.”What does Perry Webb have to say about being questioned again? Not much, of course. He claims to receive all figures from the city clerk's office. What he fails to mention is that he is the one telling the city clerk who and what to pay.
Webb isn't worried, he has the mayor and the remaining council members willing to look the other way. Webb seemed more concerned with which committee he is going to get Mayor Sprouse to increase next and it won't matter anyway, Webb controls all three.
“The A and P contract has not been raised since 1996 and the public facilities contract hasn’t been raised since 1998,” Webb said.And just like the last time Mrs. Jaycox requested invoices from the Chamber of Commerce, no other member of the City Council said a word. They're perfectly content giving our money to Webb to do whatever he pleases.
Watch the video of the 12/13/11 council meeting HERE (When/if they decide to publicize it)