PSJRA workshop offers opportunities

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 10:26 AM.

The board is also a reflection of statutory-mandates concerning the makeup as well the goals set forth in the agency’s master plan.

“The board vets ideas for the benefit of the community,” said Alsobrook, who was noncommittal about her future if the board is dissolved. “They are helping the community and they are professionals who are volunteers. It is working on more levels than you can imagine.

“It is work. It is like a second job.”

Operations, spending, hiring, firing

Commissioners Thursbay and Bo Patterson have said they did not approve of a board that operates beyond the reach of voters, yet spends tax money and has the ability to hire and fire an executive director.

Board member Michael McKenzie said suggestions that spending is done outside the scope of governmental oversight is “not factually accurate.”

Alsobrook, as executive director, has an annual budget approved by the PSJRA board and city commissioners which she must operate the agency from. Once commissioners approve the budget, spending must be done under the same constraints by which the city and county spend their budgets, he said.

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