The lack of cooperation between the Franklin County auditor and the commission caused the temper of Presiding Commissioner John Griesheimer to flare at Tuesday’s county commission meeting.
The anger was directed at County Auditor Tammy Vemmer, who was questioning the commissioners regarding an upcoming budget amendment hearing.
“I don’t know how we can make these amendments available to the public when I am just seeing some of them for the first time this morning,” Vemmer said. “Why are you bypassing the auditor’s office?”
Vemmer said many of the amendments should be addressed with her since she is the chief budget officer.
“I don’t know who did them, but many of the numbers are incorrect,” she said. “This is why they shouldn’t bypass my office. Things like this need to stop and I ask you to table this until we can sit down and work as a team.”
Griesheimer then told Vemmer the commission rarely gets cooperation from her office on these matters.
“It is a deterrent for us to govern,” he said. “All we get is roadblocks and obstruction. We constantly get knives buried in our backs and the employees get crapped on.”
Vemmer responded to the blowup by saying Griesheimer had shown his true colors and she was simply trying to present her argument calmly.
“The numbers are incorrect and we need to get them fixed,” she said.
Griesheimer replied there is a lot of blame to go around.
“I am really hopeful in my last year we could work together,” Griesheimer said.
After more discussion between Vemmer, the commission and County Counselor Mark Vincent it was determined that in the last two months of the year the commission was allowed to transfer funds from one line item to another without a budget amendment as long as it was within departments they control.
Most of the amendments are in those departments, but there was at least one in the sheriff’s department that may still require a public hearing and formal amendment process.
In the end, the commission voted to table the public hearing and amendments until next week and will speak with Vemmer before that time.