Houston Controller Green Identifies Potential Savings
February 9, 2010




Houston , TX –  A newly released audit by the City Controller’s Office Audit Division has identified potential savings to the City of Houston, conservatively estimated at $3.6 million per year. The savings could be achieved by more efficient timing of citywide vendor invoice payments.

“Given the budget shortfall the City is facing, identification of these savings is timely,” said Controller Ronald Green. “We will partner with Mayor Parker and City Council whenever possible to improve Houston’s financial health, and thanks to the good work of our Audit Division, we have an opportunity to do that.”

The audit, originally begun as a review of disbursements under $75,000 within the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD), identified that resolving date-sensitive application issues in the City’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System corresponding to efficient timing of invoice payments, could result in annualized savings citywide.

The audit and proposed resolutions have been conducted with cooperative efforts between the Controller’s Office, PARD, Information Technology Department, and the Administrative and Regulatory Affairs Department.

Ronald Green is in his first year as City Controller, after serving three terms as an At-Large Houston City Council Member.

Gene Locke Responds To City’s Budget Problems
September 2, 2009

Houston Mayoral candidate Gene Locke has issued a second statement regarding the budget concerns at  Houston city hall. 


This comes after days of  a war of words between Controller Annise Parker , who says the city is facing  a  $103 million shortfall,  Mayor White and some other city leaders.

Some members of  city council say they were stunned to hear about the  large deficit in the city’s 2010 fiscal budget.

Meanwhile,  Mayor White told reporters that Parker is wrong to say the city  has a $103 million shortfall.  The Mayor says his estimate is closer to $25 Million, and that he has  already ordered department directors to cut spending by 1% ,  and he is looking for  other ways to trim the budget.

Statement by Gene Locke regarding the FY2010 city of  Houston operating budget:

“In approximately  100 days time, using the same budget figures,  Ms. Parker told us the budget was  ‘balanced’  and now she says there’s a ‘shortfall.’  As a business leader who considers  stability and consistency the keys to economic confidence and growth,  I don’t think the people of  Houston need erratic budget projections.  What they deserve is consistent and reliable information from the City Controller.”


Response From Parker’s Campaign:

“Once again, we see that Gene Locke is not up to the job of  being mayor.  In his statement,  he is apparently confused about discussion of last year’s budget and the current budget’s shortfall. Had he bothered to pay attention to city council meetings or monitored media clips during the budget process in June, he would have known his statement is entirely inaccurate.  Locke’s promise of  new city departments, new museums and increased government spending to his insider friends would lead to tax increases or cuts in vital services, such as public safety.  With crime on the rise and jobs disappearing, Houston cannot afford another politician who is stuck in the past and can’t understand when one fiscal year ends and a new one begins.

Perhaps Mr. Locke should consult Mayor Bill White who today praised Controller Parker for her professionalism and her role in dealing with tough budget issues.”


 In fairness, Mayor White did praise Parker, along with Council  member Peter Brown, and others dealing with the budget crises.