City to research costs of auditing services

Wolfforth will not pursue the services of a new auditor until officials have spoken to other similar-size cities to find out how much they pay for auditing services.

The council approved its contract with Ehler and Hettler in July, but council members asked if the city has ever looked into using other auditors. Although some council members said they are happy with the service given by Ehler and Hettler, they said they were concerned about the rising costs from the firm. City Secretary Debbie Perkey said it was too late to start the process of obtaining a new auditor at that time.

At the meeting Monday night, Perkey said that in the 24 years she has been with the city, Ehler and Hettler has requested an increase for its services and usually estimates a range for costs, but it’s always the high number that the city is billed within the range, Perkey said. “It’s not cheap.”

Councilman Bruce MacNair asked if the city could ask other similar-size cities what they pay for auditing services.

Council members voted unanimously to table an item to solicit auditor services so the city could research the costs of other services.

The council also voted unanimously after a brief closed session to negotiate with the Permian Basin Railroad to pay a one-time fee for crossing its easement within Wolfforth’s city limits.

Council members also approved the November financial report.

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