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Council focused on budget and accountability
The CRIT Tribal Council has taken a “proactive” approach in the administration and accountability of the Tribes’ finances to ensure Tribal services and Tribal enterprises remain in tact despite the national economic crisis.
Dennis Welsh, Tribal Treasurer, stated, “Money is tight, just as it is with every other government facing financial hardships right now. But by being actively involved in the day-to-day financial affairs of the Tribe, we now know better than ever where we stand financially. Which allows us to make better administrative decisions.”
When asked to describe CRIT’s current financial status, he stated, “stabilized,” and remains optimistic by saying, “We are working hard to position ourselves so that we will not have to lay-off employees, or make drastic cuts in critical program funding.”
According to Welsh, this was accomplished by passing a budget that reduced a lot of wasteful government spending. Although passed in May, he said that the budget was a “true budget” based upon a lot of analysis by the Accounting Department staff.
Because of the plummeting national economy, it has forced the newly elected Council to take a stronger stance on unnecessary spending by making both the Council and each of the 32 tribal departments “responsible and accountable” financially to the Tribal membership. Welsh stated, “Basically, it has forced each council member to exercise his or her fiduciary responsibility to our people.”
This was accomplished by the following:
By taking the actions described above, Welsh stated, “We are finally positioning ourselves financially to be in a stronger position to begin planning to develop new enterprises, such as the gas stations, RV Parks, and creating more jobs. Hopefully, by doing these a long overdue tasks, we will have a brighter future for all of us.”
Finally, the Council will be able to provide current & up-to-date financial reports to the tribal membership at its regular monthly meetings, which has long been lacking.
Mr. Welsh can be contacted at Tribal Executive Offices at (928) 669-1219.