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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, November 6, 1997 9 Humpty Dumpty and Nye County Government approved PE'IT fund expenditure by a total of $730,375.17. The first document is dated January 31, 1997 and shows PET'I" fund activity back to September 1994. The second document also shows PETT fund activity back to September 1994 but is updated through to September 1, 1997. For simplicity's sake, I will refer to the January 31, 1997 docu- ment as copy "A" and the September 1, 1997 document as copy "B." The differences between the two documents is somewhat enlightening. I III THIS MAN'S OPINION ] by Brent Mathewson Copy "A" states that on Au- gust 1, 1995 the Nye County Commission approved $490,609 to pay overdue bills at Nye Re- gional Medical Center (NRMC); that $966,609.40 had.actually been paid against the approved amount, leaving the line item $476,000.40 overexpended and in the red. Copy "B" says the approved expenditure for NRMC by the commission on August 1, 1995 was $519,172 and that paid against that approved amount to date was $519,171.98. Copy "A" states that on March 7, 1995 the commission approved $25,630 to be spent for a generator at NRMC and that the county had expended $236,884.17, leaving the line item $211,254.17 in the red. Copy "B" says the amount approved for the generator purchase was $25,600 and that this approved amount was matched by an expenditure of $25,60O. 17. Copy "A" states that $62,495 was approved on October 4, 1994 to build a fire station in Crystal. Copy "B" says on that date the approved amount for the Crystal station was $68,495. My memory says both figures are off by quite a bit and that the people in Crystal might find it interesting to check the verbatim minutes of that item for that commission meeting. Copy "A" states that again on March 7, 1995 the commis- sion approved a $350,000 expenditure to buy an AS 400 computer and software. Of this amount, the county ended up Numbers are supposed to mean something and have a definitive value. Unlike words, which are subject to interpre- tation, and even translation from one language to another in some cases, numbers supposedly represent a sort of hard reality. For example, if you get a statement from your bank that states that the balance in your savings account, according to bank records, was $985 sometime last week, and there has been no activity in that account since that time, and your records agree with the bank's calculations, then you and the bank, at that time, have established a sort of quasi-official understanding that the balance in your savings account on the date in question was indeed $985 and not some arbitrary figure like $714 for instance. For the sake of clarification, that will soon be apparent, we will carry this analogy just a little further and state that you and your banker both agree that it is not acceptable business practice to retroactively go back a couple of years in your checking account records and collide with each other to change the records to reflect the fact that $2,500 worth of checks that were written during a certain month really only added up to $251.50. Loosely stated, it does not now appear that Nye County management, and specifically the Nye County manager, understands the perimeters of the above analogy and how it would apply to proper fiscal control in Nye County. It would certainly seem that this is the case unless any form of fiscal control is not a goal of the Nye County manager. The two working documents that I have in front of me as I write this article reflect Payment Equal To Taxes (PETT) fund activity that has taken place in Nye County since late 1994 up until October 7. 1997. The copies in my possession are part of the public record and contain information con- structed from data allegedly supplied by the office of the Nye County manager. The data includes the date that an expenditure of PETT fund money was approved by the Nye County Commission, the amount of the expenditure approved, a very brief descrip- tion of what the money is to be expended for, the amount actually paid and debited from the approved line item expen- diture, and any encumbered balance that may be remaining from an approved expenditure not yet spent. Also identified are three cases in which the amount spent exceeded the spending $393,121 which represented an unauthorized ex- pense of $43,121. Copy "B" says that the approved expendi- ture for the AS 400 computer and software on March 7, 1995 was for $546,994, that so far the county has spent $431,525.17 leaving the line item with an encumbered balance authorized and left to spend of $115,468.84. It is interesting that in none of these examples given, which represent all cases of signifi- cant difference between copy "A" and "B", that no backup material was provided in the commissioners' agenda packet in any of these cases. It is as if we are living in a humpty-dumpty world wherein humpty-dumpty upon meeting Alice, while traveling through wonder- land, informed Alice that numbers and words only meant what he said they meant. Nothing more. And nothing less. That is this man's opinion. copyright 1997 by Brent Mathewson .kemml & BONDED #3O880 D0mVanCGmCUt I F.,XPLORATORY. " ,pumP SALF, SERWC I & INSTMLATION " I, • COMPtmsvsrs I [lli INSTALLED WITH 5 YEAR 1MU woro OlSPATCHF.D 1|1 7 days a week service 2MII 1220 E. 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