TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Terre Haute's City Council is looking outside city hall for help with the city's financial woes. At Thursday night's sunshine meeting, they explained how they plan to get the city help.
It's a resolution the city council first created several months ago; a plan to hire a financial consultant that would work with the city council to answer their questions on the budget.
The fiscal health of the city has been called into question by the city council several times in the last year.
Now, as the city continues to face financial trouble, the councilmen said Thursday they don't quite feel as informed about the budget as they would like to be.
Thursday night the council revealed the qualifications they want in a consultant.
They are asking that the hire have a minimum of 10 years as a licensed professional accountant and specific knowledge of public financing.
While 20,000 dollars have been set aside, the council believes they will pay the person based on the hours they use them.
But they aren't sure if the position will become a yearly part of the budget.
"In a year from now if you ask that question: ‘was it worth the time and effort and money?'" Councilman Neil Garrison said. "'Or have we learned enough to do this on our own?' And I'll let the council, the remaining 8 answer that."
The final vote for the city council financial consultant will come next week.
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