City of Providence

Resolution
12478

Independent Audit Board of Licenses

Information

Department:Office of the City CouncilSponsors:Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan
Category:*Resolution

Attachments

  1. Printout
  2. 2016-377

Item Discussion

Resolution Requesting the Administration Conduct a Complete and Independent Audit of the Board of Licenses’ Finances.

Document Comments

WHEREAS, The City Council received from Jeffrey B. Pine, Esquire, of the Law Office of Lynch & Pine, his review, report, and recommendations relative to the Board of Licenses, herein referred to as the “Pine Report”; and

 

WHEREAS, According to the Pine Report, “[I]t became apparent that the ‘system’ for the collection of fines/penalties really doesn’t exist; the lack of enforcement of penalties with any degree of regularity is totally substandard, and this not only creates an accountability issue with the Board [of Licenses], but a fiscal issue for the City”; and

 

WHEREAS, The Pine Report states that, “An independent audit should be conducted immediately” and should cover “the collection of fines/penalties, and all other records and statistics of the License Office, including applications, letters of notification, license transfers, communications to licensees, agendas, minutes of meetings, records regarding violations, and online postings”; and

 

WHEREAS, It is of the utmost importance that the License Office properly track outstanding fines and penalties so that they may be collected and to ensure that licensees which fail to pay fines and penalties are held accountable; and


        WHEREAS, The Providence City Council has an obligation to protect the financial health of the City, including the proper enforcement and collection of fines and penalties.
 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the City Council of the City of Providence does hereby request that the Mayor of Providence and his administration cause the completion of a complete and independent audit of the City’s Board of Licenses, including but not limited to the collection of fines/penalties, and all other records and statistics of the License Office, including applications, letters of notification, license transfers, communications to licensees, agendas, minutes of meetings, records regarding violations, and online postings.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That, upon passage, copies of this resolution be sent to the Mayor, the Finance Director, the Internal Auditor, and to the License Administrator.

 

Body

WHEREAS, The City Council received from Jeffrey B. Pine, Esquire, of the Law Office of Lynch & Pine, his review, report, and recommendations relative to the Board of Licenses, herein referred to as the “Pine Report”; and

WHEREAS, According to the Pine Report, “[I]t became apparent that the ‘system’ for the collection of fines/penalties really doesn’t exist; the lack of enforcement of penalties with any degree of regularity is totally substandard, and this not only creates an accountability issue with the Board [of Licenses], but a fiscal issue for the City”; and

WHEREAS, The Pine Report states that, “An independent audit should be conducted immediately” and should cover “the collection of fines/penalties, and all other records and statistics of the License Office, including applications, letters of notification, license transfers, communications to licensees, agendas, minutes of meetings, records regarding violations, and online postings”; and

WHEREAS, It is of the utmost importance that the License Office properly track outstanding fines and penalties so that they may be collected and to ensure that licensees which fail to pay fines and penalties are held accountable; and
        WHEREAS, The Providence City Council has an obligation to protect the financial health of the City, including the proper enforcement and collection of fines and penalties.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the City Council of the City of Providence does hereby request that the Mayor of Providence and his administration cause the completion of a complete and independent audit of the City’s Board of Licenses, including but not limited to the collection of fines/penalties, and all other records and statistics of the License Office, including applications, letters of notification, license transfers, communications to licensees, agendas, minutes of meetings, records regarding violations, and online postings.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That, upon passage, copies of this resolution be sent to the Mayor, the Finance Director, the Internal Auditor, and to the License Administrator.

 

 

Meeting History

Oct 6, 2016 7:00 PM Audio/Video City Council Regular Council Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:PASSED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Bryan Principe, Councilman
SECONDER:Michael J. Correia, Councilman
AYES:Luis A. Aponte, Carmen Castillo, Michael J. Correia, Terrence M. Hassett, John J. Igliozzi, Kevin Jackson, Wilbur W. Jennings, Sabina Matos, Bryan Principe, Jo-Ann Ryan, David Salvatore, Seth Yurdin, Samuel D. Zurier
ABSENT:Mary Kay Harris, Nicholas J. Narducci