The Commonwealth of Kentucky has suspended making monthly Road Aid payment to the City of West Buechel due to the City’s failure to submit a Uniform Financial Information Report (UFIR) for FY 2014-2015. The last Road Aid payment was made in May, 2016.
The City cannot submit a UFIR for FY 2014-2015 until that year’s Financial Statements have been audited by an independent CPA as required by law. Our repeated requests to inspect the City’s Financial Statements for FY 2014-2015 have gone unanswered. The Financial Statement required by KRS 424.220 should have been finalized and published a year ago. An independent audit of the City’s Financial Statements cannot begin if the Financial Statements do not yet exist.
The State Road Aid allocated to West Buechel will continue to accumulate. Those funds, which are about $2,000 per month, will not be paid to West Buechel until the City gets its financial reporting in proper order and a UFIR is submitted.
We previously reported $5,000 in late fees imposed upon the City of West Buechel by Kentucky Retirement Systems because of Kimberly R. Richards’ multiple failures to report or pay retirement contributions on time. See: Gross Negligence. Ms. Richards has been City Clerk-Treasurer for West Buechel since Richard W. Richards took office as Mayor in January, 2015. She continues in that position with an annual salary in excess of $60,000.
By a recent Open Records request to Kentucky Retirement Systems, we have been advised that an additional $1,000 late penalty has been imposed.
This is not a political rant against the evils of government regulations, and it is not a defense or justification for government controls either. This is merely a recognition that government bureaucrats at all levels, from local to national, have their fingers in nearly every pie.
It is a simple undeniable fact of modern life in the United States of America: There are a lot of rules. All these rules can be a pain in the neck if you are in business, but the rules can be used to your advantage if you are just an ordinary consumer. There aren’t many professions or skilled trades that are free of government oversight.
Here is an incomplete list of occupations that Kentucky state laws have something to say about:
Applied Behavior Analysts
Child Care Centers
Driver Training Instructors
Driver Training Schools
Emergency Medical Services
Interpretation For The Deaf
Licensed Diabetes Educators
Lie Detector Examiners
Real Estate Appraisers
Real Estate Brokers
Real Estate Salesmen
Respiratory Care Practitioners
Specialists In Hearing Aids
Every one of these business trades and professions is regulated by a government agency in some way. Some are more tightly controlled than others, but each in its own way has a higher authority in a position to yank their leash if they misbehave.
What does this mean for you?
If someone treats you badly or unfairly, usually there is something you can do about it. The trick is to know what to complain about, how to complain and where to send it.