NAVAJO COUNCIL DEBATING KPMG’S AUDIT OF 2013 TRIBAL GOVERNMENT OPERATING BUDGET.
DELEGATE WALTER PHELPS
There is $5.9 million deficit in tribal employee health benefits program.
Know roads funds allocated to penny but here is $30 million just sitting here in Navajo Department of Transportation. Is that true? Can that be spent?
CONTROLLER MARK GRANT
for Delegate Tsosie, the council voted 63 IN FAVOR, 0 OPPOSED ON balloon payment for construction of Public Safety and Judicial Centers.
Planes certainly old, 15 yers old and approved repair and hearing on street and not air pilot but jets more efficient and use less gas so probably ned to replce planes.
DELEGATE ALTON SHEPHERD
I had questions and if Council wants to break quorum then let them. i’m here to work until work is finished.
profile shows how staff being used and money spent but money not being spent and profile indicate which programs not spending and other overspending.
scholarship question cud be used for profile.
hate to single out fair but they are underbudgeted and going to other programs for financial help.
profile cud help.
Health Question from Delegate Hale: deficite in group health and couple of factors, one is fringe rate that employees pay such as premiums which is too low and doctors charging too much money so revenues squeezed downward and costs skyrocketing. we are trying to set up health maintenance group where doctors charge less. highest doctors in DC and Gallup, NM and that is funny.
very few providers in Albquerque. employees go to Gallup, Farmington, Flagstaff.
CALL FOR VOTE ON AUDIT at 4:19 p.m.
10 in favor, 3 opposed