The East Providence Budget Commission has billed the city for almost a quarter of a million dollars for its services from December of 2011 through October of last year.
And there is more to come, according to a story on reportertoday.com.
The bill comes as a huge surprise because the State Revenue Department-appointed commission was supposedly “on loan” to the city from the state to help clear up its financial mess. Indeed, state-appointed commission members have said several times that they are working "on loan."
Even RI Revenue Department Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly told people at a briefing for the new City Council and School Committee members soon after the November election that the commission was basically volunteering its time to serve the residents of this city.
The cost for the time by chair Diane Brennan and members Michael O’Keefe and Steve Bannon may actually be at no cost because they are already on the state payroll. The bill apparently is for staff members and fiscal advisors Robert Eaton and Christy Healy who sit at all budget commission meetings, according to the reportertoday.com story.
But no one apparently expected the city to be billed for any commission time. The actual bill to date is $245,339. It is to be paid out of the General Fund.