Ottumwa City Council updates on 2020 Audit, Human Rights Commission

Published: Jan. 6, 2021 at 4:38 AM CST
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - For Fiscal 2020, Ottumwa is presented fairly.

In a 150 page audit, Anderson, Larkin & Co described Ottumwa’s financial statement disclosures as “neutral, consistent, and clear”.

The back half of those 150 pages went to retaining Ottumwa’s standing as an A1 Moody rating, a rating scale of investment grades.

And a Human Rights Commission is still in planning. The previous Human Rights Commission ended in 2015, and any Civil RIght violations were to be taken up with the Iowa’s Civil Rights Commission.

For this new Commission, City Administrator Philip Rath says he wants the Oversite Committee to provide perspectives that the city might miss.

“Having a group that could take a look from a different perspective that sometimes in government we don’t see the impact that some of our decisions have or make. Some unintended consequences that might be forthcoming. So to have a different lens when we’re looking at those things is what I’m looking at.”

A timeline for establishing the Commission was not given.

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