WHISPER: AATA Treasurer and A2CRSS.org Organizer Planning to FOIA AA Board of Education For Release of Financial Data
Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) Treasurer Ted Annis is on a roll….or a rampage, depending on which side of the table you sit from him. As I wrote earlier today, at this evening’s AATA Board meeting Annis plans to propose several sweeping changes to the ways in which AATA makes financial information available to the public. Annis also proposes to make kinds of information public that, during his tenure on the AATA Board, has remained shielded behind the wall of FOIA.
Ted Annis also worked as one of the organizers of the group that opposed the recent WISD millage, a group whose opposition is credited for the defeat of the $150,000,000 million dollar 5-year proposed millage increase. Even with the defeat of the county-wide millage, that group, Ann Arbor Citizens for Responsible School Spending, has not stopped pressing the issue of fiscal responsibility, but rather has continued to push the AABOE for increased fiscal transparency, responsibility and accountability.
A2Politico has the following statement that Annis has asked to have read at this evening’s Ann Arbor Board of Education meeting. A2Politico hopes Treasurer Randy Friedman will be in attendance, since the statement asks for several piece of important financial information. Since purchasing a second home in Birmingham so his children would have a shorter commute to Detroit County Day, where they attend school, AABOE Treasurer Friedman has attended only 17.8 percent of all BOE meetings and study sessions.
What follows is the statement that will be read at this evening’s Ann Arbor Board of Education meeting on behalf of Ted Annis who will, instead, in his position as treasurer, be petitioning the Board of the AATA to provide similar documents to the public and pressing that group for increased fiscal transparency:
Statement from Ted Annis to the AAPS 16 Dec 09 Board Meeting
Again, I recite from your own audited financial statements.
Total Expenditures have increased steadily year-over-year, although enrollment has been static. They are now $19M million higher than they were four years ago. Specifically, they rose from $225M for the 2005-06 school year to $244M for the 2008-09 school year. Had this $19M/year increase not occurred, there would not now be a financial crisis.
Quite clearly, AAPS has a serious expenditures problem.
When I presented this information to you two weeks ago, Board member Randy Friedman accused me and my colleagues of slander, and Board member Glenn Nelson called me disingenuous. A subsequent email exchange with Mr. Nelson seemed to point to a meeting at which we could resolve factual differences. Eight days ago, I asked him for information and explanations prior to our meeting. There has not been a response nor has information been provided.
The current Union Contract (your web site is not current)
The signature document with the Union with amendments
A payroll list of all employees (w/o SS#s) showing actual YTD pay
A current headcount breakdown as used in the 2008 AAPS Bond Prospectus
A headcount and description of the duties of all personnel in Balas
A description and amounts of the “cuts” referenced by Mr. Nelson
Knowing that the 2008-9 year was a $9M deficit year, all explanations, analyses, and justifications of the terms in the new Union Contract that was just signed. (Although I have not yet seen it, I understand that the step increases from the previous year remain.)
The internal analyses re the year-over-year effects of “step increases”
All recent analyses of the personnel classified as Maintenance, Bus Drivers, AAEA Paraprofessionals (2008 total of 547 personnel)
The above nine items in this document, delivered to you tonight both orally and in writing, are to be considered as a request made under the Freedom of Information Act. Your replies are to be sent to me at 2997 Devonshire, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
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