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Questions continue as David Garrett's contract with city council expires

Garrett came under fire last month when city officials said he didn't live up to his contract by providing monthly reports. Garrett came under fire last month when city officials said he didn't live up to his contract by providing monthly reports.

There's new information about an increase in part of the city council's budget and the controversy over just who might be getting that additional taxpayer money. 

Last month, the Evansville City Council raised the amount of money they would spend on consulting services to $90,000. 

Now, some are wondering just what that means.

A memo from City Controller Russ Lloyd Jr. shared last month, lists all the changes the council wanted to make to next year's budget. One of those changes was an increase in money used to hire consultants.

Right now, the city council's financial consultant, David Garrett, is getting $20,000 to look over the city's books.

But even then, city officials say that Garrett has not lived up to his contract by providing monthly reports. In fact, some fear Garrett's latest report could hurt an audit underway right now by the State Board of Accounts.

Officials say Garrett's contract with the city council expired on Tuesday.

Councilman Jonathan Weaver says he's not absolutely sure why the consultant account was increased to $90,000, but he says if a plan is presented to re-hire Garrett using that money, he will lead a charge against it.

"I hope to God he's not going to get $90,000. The quality of work, like I said, was horrible and maybe we could find somebody else for a fraction of that, maybe $30,000. I can't justify paying somebody $90,000 right now to do that job. If the argument is good enough that we need somebody and if we don't get a clean audit, then I could see maybe somebody else, but he's not the taxpayer's man for the job," Weaver said.

Weaver says, as of Tuesday night, he knows of no plan from the council to re-hire Garrett. The city's latest audit from the state is expected back in just a few weeks.

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