California State Controller John Chiang has issued his report on an audit of the City of Montebello.
Earlier today Chiang said in a press release "At the expense of local job development, street repair, and schools, Montebello has made it a habit to tap legally-restricted funds to cover its budget and cash shortfalls. It appears that the City moved money wherever it wanted, whenever it wanted, regardless of the law or the intended purpose of those taxpayer dollars."
With Fullerton using earmarked funds for non-fund related expenditures, it's just a matter of time before the Controller's Office finds their way to our own City Hall.
Fullerton has a couple of municipal codes that specify how the money for certain funds are to be used, such as our Sewer Fund or the Sanitation Fund.
After a cursory review of the City's budget for FY2011-2012, I wrote about these funds and some of the ways in which our tax dollars have been misappropriated. Read about it HERE.