Thursday, November 17, 2011 1:25:25 PM CST - When does HR Director Lisa Marley think she'll have the updated health insurance numbers for 2011-2012 (based on council's recent decisions)?
City Human Resources Director Marley responded that same day:
Thursday, November 17, 2011 4:45 PM - Adjusting the budget due to the Council’s Tuesday decisions will be handled during the budget mid-year presentation to Council. Finance generally does that around March of each year.After waiting patiently, and then some, I dusted off my request and sent it to the City's Public Information Office:
Saturday, April 14, 2012 1:18 PM - As it's April I'd like the revised budget numbers for health insurance from the budget mid year assessmentThe City's reply came within a week:
I waited two more weeks to ask for the third time:Friday, Apr 20 03:17 PM - Our budget office said there has been no revised budget numbers for health insurance yet. I’m checking to see when or if there will be one.
Saturday, May 5 11:39 AM - Are there any new budget numbers based on Council's decision last fall?The echo continued
Monday, May 7 07:55 AM - No new budget numbers at this point. I'll see if I can get information on when our budget office will have new numbers. :The situation struck me as odd, so I wrote back:
Monday, May 7 09:12 PM - I remain confused as to how the city operates if a City Council decision made in November isn't translated into budget numbers for management to use.It got odder with the city's reply:
I may have been less than charitable in my reply.:Wednesday, May 9 09:08 PM - I'll let you know what I find out from our budget office. They have been busy preparing expense budgets for next year.
Wednesday, May 9 10:00 PM - That's what makes the health insurance thing so strange. Expense budgets for the coming year are usually based on revised budgets, i.e. the most current numbers/thinking.
It became clear to me the city wasn't interested in sharing the true picture when HR Director Lisa Marley stated they didn't have numbers for health insurance plan years (calendar) and only had fiscal year. Of course, the City has plan year information. That's the way the health insurance company keeps the city's data.
Given the trajectory, which health insurance budget number will come out first, revised 2012 or draft 2013? Recall the State Comptroller's Office awarded the city a silver medal for transparency.
Update 12-17-12: The City stuck to their original budget guns, a year after making a $500,000 change and approving a last minute budget amendment Incompetence or mendacity?