City of Hemet fixes the books

Prior budget work study revealed negative attorney services fund balance ■ By Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Reporter Administrative Services Consultant Joy Canfield’s revelation that the city’s attorney fund balance is negative by $1.23 million resulted in a corrective plan that she presented to the Hemet City Council June 20. Canfield’s revelation stunned Hemet’s City Council a week prior and launched the city’s accounting practices to the forefront. Council still struggled to get a handle on rising attorney costs and how to combat those rising costs at the budget work study on June 20. Canfield stated that “The bills were paid out of the attorney fund which now has negative cash.” Mayor

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