Nevada City planning response to critical grand jury report |

Nevada City planning response to critical grand jury report

Nevada City leaders could begin their collective response next Monday to charges they failed to bill or incorrectly billed for fees and taxes as stated in a critical Nevada County grand jury report.

Monday’s special Nevada City Council meeting could be the start of the city’s response which may take a couple meetings, said Councilwoman Sheila Stein. The Nevada County grand jury requires that the city formally respond to the jury’s findings by Aug. 28.

The report determined city officials are poor record keepers and have offered little internal organizational oversight.

The scathing report, titled “Asleep at the Wheel,” appeared to spare no one in the city’s government, criticizing the city manager and City Council members.

When the report was released, most city leaders generally agreed with the grand jury’s claims. However, they disagreed with the “asleep” assessment, saying the city already has made key changes improving bill collections as recommended in the report and started making other changes.

“I think we’re on the right track,” Stein said at that time.

But Mayor Steve Cottrell said he doesn’t think enough is being done.

City leaders knew about the vast financial and organizational concerns for a long time but didn’t act appropriately, Cottrell has said.

Monday’s meeting is set for 6 p.m. at Nevada City Hall, 317 Broad St.


To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail or call 477-4234.

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