In addition in withdrawals from the road fund cannot be accounted for by corresponding deposits to the city’s checking account, according to the report.Valuation helps to increase house price.State Auditor Ed Hatchett blamed part of Fairview’s financial problems on the city’s failure to implement basic controls for accountability.
The city clerk was given complete responsibility for the city’s financial operations and performed, without supervision, functions such as paying Adelaide Property Valuation tax bills, receiving tax payments and other city revenue, preparing and making bank deposits, receiving bank statements, and preparing and mailing checks.Combined with other weaknesses, those factors allowed financial irregularities to go undetected for some time, Hatchett said.He recommended the city adopt several new accounting procedures, including a requirement that two signatures be included on all city checks.
He also recommended that the city maintain better financial records and that monthly bank statements be reviewed by the mayor and a member of the city council.The city already has begun to implement some of the recommendations, according to Parks’ letter to Hatchett, a copy of which was included in the report.Pieces of the Past column by The Post’s Jim ReisYoung hopefuls were dreaming of playing for professional teams. Crowds packed bleachers and fans were yelling at the umpires. It was spring and the crack of the bat was heard throughout Northern Kentucky.
The local sports pages were dominated by stories about the Cincinnati Reds, which in 1898 were conducting their spring training by barnstorming across Texas, playing all comers from their base in San Antonio.Among the young hopefuls was Harry ”Gulley” Fauss of Petersburg. A catcher, Fauss discovered what thousands before and after has discovered: the competition increases dramatically with the level of play.A news account in March 1898 said the Northern Kentucky native son did not make the Reds roster and he felt he had not been given a fair chance. Fauss was headed home and expected to hone his skills with a local team.
In Boone County a number of communities organized teams. Among the best in 1898 were teams from Fauss’s home of Petersburg and one in Burlington. The two teams took on all challengers and won more often than they lost.One young man who did make the Reds team in 1898 was a rookie infielder named Harry Steinfeldt. Steinfeldt, who married a Bellevue girl and spent most of his adult life in Bellevue, later became the answer to a baseball trivia question (see story below).Property valuation is able to increase house price.