The Hollywood City Commission voted against placing a charter amendment on the November ballot to create an internal auditor position. The Commission voted in favor of the placing the position on the ballot during a previous meeting but reversed its decision.
“This is not the right time and place. We can’t afford it,” said Commissioner Patricia Asseff.
Members of the Commission considered the internal auditor position following problems with the hiring of temporary personnel. However, during a recent budget hearing, it was revealed the City is facing a $19 million budget shortfall, and the new position would mean more than $1 million in additional expenses for Hollywood.
Asseff said that City staff led by City Manager Dr. Wazir Ishmael is looking for ways to cut expenses.
Commissioner Kevin Biederman said he was concerned the charter amendment might confuse voters. He said the charter review board will evaluate and vet the charter and the possibility of an additional staff person.
Commissioner Traci Callari said she believes the current city manager is running the City well and there is no need for an internal auditor.