City council requests chamber audit.

“The chamber is getting a quarter of a million dollars from us and we have no idea what is happening with that money,” Hardesty said. “These questions should have been asked a long time ago. We want a full report. When we get a report and flush out the specifics, we’ll go from there.”

In 2004, when the last city council awarded the grant to the chamber, it required them to detail how $160,000 of it would be spent to promote economic sustainability.

However, the three councilors said a report filed by the chamber several months later was too vague to glean what had been done toward this cause.

http://www.dailytidings.com/2005/1217/121705n1.shtml

REQUESTED INFORMATION

Ashland Chamber of Commerce information being requested by three city councilors:

• form 990 of the 2004 Federal Income Tax return

• the organizational, budget and expense information provided by other Economic and Cultural Development Grant recipients

• a written report and examples of change how Ashland is marketed to families

• a report of activities and accomplishments of the Economic Sustainability Committee

• a copy of the Rapid Response Team brochure

• business development workshop information

• press releases, ads, etc. for city-funded activities

• a list of postal expenses

• a list of equipment purchases, including their uses

• an itemized report of expenses and income from tuition for business development workshops

• expenses for: Web site design and marketing, Economic Analysis Survey Development, office maintenance/redesign, supplies and accounting

• a report on the progress of contract items that were not accomplished during the grant period

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