In an effort to avoid further conflicts among elected officials in Camden County regarding its financial state, Treasurer Elaine Gilley plans to host monthly public meetings to review sales tax numbers, county funds and its monthly bank reconciliation financial statement.

In an effort to avoid further conflicts among elected officials in Camden County regarding its financial state, Treasurer Elaine Gilley plans to host monthly public meetings to review sales tax numbers, county funds and its monthly bank reconciliation financial statement.
Due to the holiday weekend and short notice of the agenda item, only representatives from the Auditor’s Office attended the first meeting with the entire Commission present.
“I’d like to start doing this every month, once we get the bank reconciliation done, all the county officials can meet and ask questions,” Gilley said. “We’ll go over the five main funds, the receipts, the disbursements — that way they can look at what comes in and also on the transfers out for County revenue and see what goes into their funds and where we’re at for the year.”
According to Gilley, based on the three main sales tax revenue streams, not including the use tax which goes to Road and Bridge, the County is up 4.2267 percent for the year, a little higher than where the County was last year at this time.
“We’re still not looking fabulous,” Associate Commissioner Cliff Luber said. “We’re getting better but we still have a long way to go.”
Based on these numbers, next year’s budget is practically going to be the same, Gilley said.
“We’re flat, that’s what I call it,” Gilley said. “We have to be very careful in our next budget.”
The Commission and Gilley agreed that last year’s sales tax numbers were negatively affected by several major storms that hit the Lake of the Ozarks on Fourth of July, Christmas and Black Friday, along with heavy rain for a good portion of the summer months.
“With all the conflicts we’ve had, I’d like for the County officials to start contacting me a lot of time for balances because they concentrate so much on the budget,” Gilley said. “Well the budget is just an estimate of what we’re planning on getting in.”
Presiding Commissioner Greg Hasty and Associate Commissioner Bev Thomas, along with Luber, agreed they should be having these meetings and would help to get the word out to other elected officials.
“We’ll just stay at it 'til we start getting people to come,” Hasty said. “We need to be having more conversations.”
“Exactly,” Thomas said. “I think it’s a great idea.”
Gilley said she hopes that elected officials will approach her directly with questions, because the full story is not always relayed in financial statements sent out monthly and the reports can sometimes be confusing. Plus, she said, her office has the actual, real-time balances.
“I’d like to keep doing them every month, I just want it to be more open, how we’re actually doing,” Gilley said. “They’re always welcome to call or come into our office anytime.”