LETHBRIDGE: The city's newest city councilor says he won't give up on his attempts to reform finance management.
Monday, council rejected Jeff Coffman's plan to hire an accountant to sit as chair of the audit committee, the goup that helps manage the city's finances.
But Coffman says the decision doesn't erase the fact that council needs more help when it comes to balancing city books.
"There is a general understanding I think that members of council have some sort of business basics in their past experience," says Coffman. "But the reality is that the municipal budget is a very complex beast and members of council need to have some sort of training on it."
Mayor Rajko Dodic, a long-time member of the audit committee, says the roughly four audit committee meetings held each year often do include training or question and answer sessions with finance professionals. But during debate Monday, several councillors expressed they could see the benefit of a more formal session. Coffman takes it ever further, saying he'd like to see training for all councilors - not just those who sit on the audit committee.
"It would provide information on borrowing and funding and the many different accounts we have," says Coffman. "It would help council get a grasp on what this document is really about."