One of the members of the audit team came down to begin the review of our books and procedures. We had about 15 minutes notice from Kate(who also didn't know they were coming). I almost put him off to another day, but told him to come down. When he arrived I met him and asked him if coming without notice was common practice. I told him if we knew before hand, we could have gathered the information he needed to facilitate the process. He said he was surprised that we didn't know he was coming and that we should have been told. We provided him with all of the information we could on no notice. He said he would come back Thursday after we exhume some paper records from the archives.
You have to wonder and worry why Carter can write a long letter specifically to me, which includes quotes from MGL and Town Bylaws when he wants to gain control over our budget, but he can't send a one sentence email notice that would aid the financial and management review that he hopes we will help pay for?
I am writing this to you and copying the Board of Selectmen and Advisory Board Chairman for 2 reasons. The first is that I am not convinced that the full board is aware of everything Carter is up to, and secondly I want a written record to substantiate my actions in what is building up to be a stormy and contentious budget process.