City to undergo forensic audit

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

The Port Isabel City Commission unanimously approved a motion to conduct a forensic audit of the City’s finances during Tuesday’s commission meeting, though the measure was not without some debate.

The item was added to the agenda by Commissioner Juan Jose “J.J.” Zamora. “We’re losing the public trust,” he said. “An audit will help us see what’s going on with the City,” he continued, adding that he had other concerns, as well.

The board then engaged into what seemed to be a semantic argument.

” I strongly support a forensic audit of the City, but if we’re going to do it I don’t want this to be biased,” said Mayor Joe E. Vega during the discussion. He continued, saying, “Because it could be perceived … of being a witch hunt,” he said.

Vega expressed concern that only specific City departments would be evaluated, urging that the audit be done across the board. “Let’s do a clean sweep of all departments,” he said.

“I’m looking at all the checks … See(ing) where the money has been going. That’s all I’m asking for,” Zamora responded.

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