Thursday, August 22, 2013

State To Audit BART’s Finances; May Take Seven Months To Complete

ASSEMBLY 20 | Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk is a man of science, a discipline predicated upon precise information. On Wednesday, a state audit of BART’s finances requested by Quirk will hopefully get the numbers straight.

The Joint Legislative Audit Committee approved the request after discrepancies were reported between the average wages of BART employees. BART management and union employees have been in a bitter labor dispute for much of the summer that is yet unresolved. An average annual wage of over $79,000 for BART train operators and station agents offered by management, widely reported by the local media was found to be skewed by the inclusion of six-figure salaries received by BART’s upper management. The average wage is somewhere around $64,000.

“This call for an audit is about accountability and transparency. The state has an obligation to make certain taxpayers know where their money is going,” said Quirk. “Unfortunately, recent events have made it clear that there are disagreements on several critical issues including employee salaries by classification, expenditures versus revenues to determine a structural deficit or surplus, projected costs of future capital improvements, and ongoing worker’s compensation practices regarding the use of temporary employees, just to name a few.”

The audit is also supported by Bay Area Assemblymembers Nancy Skinner, Rob Bonta, Tom Ammiano, and Phil Ting, along with State Sens. Ellen Corbett, Loni Hancock, Mark Leno and Mark DeSaulnier, who ruffled some union feathers by questioning BART’s right to strike.

The audit was first initiated by Quirk in July and will include BART’s finances during the past four years ending June 30, along with projected revenues and expenditures. According to the state auditor, a report may not be issued before spring 2014.


Let me comment; as I wrote Bill, he should know better; after all he was a Council Member for many years-he got as much info on BART as rest of us did. BART's budgets are a public document and is there for all to see .Further, BART has its own Board of Directors elected by District and represents broad base of all of us. It is a complete waste of time and money to audit BART's books. It will that it spends a "lot of money and will spend a lot of it in the future." billions now being spent on expanding the system,. and it needs to spend a lot more to expand further into the future. Lastly, not sure Bill left Hayward in great financial shape. Employees angry and Hayward still has budget problems and Bill contributed to situation. Tony Santos

Definitely agree with Tony. All he's doing is pandering the union whores. [All aboard the Gravy Train Express!] Bill wouldn't know up from down on his best day.

If ever there were a chance for demonstrated leadership it's being demonstrated by Mark DeSaulnier. His legislation will bring BART into conformance with all of the other transit districts by requiring binding arbitration, and he has a chance to leave a favorable and productive legacy for the public. Strikes will become a thing of the past, and the public will be the true winners.

I am surprised there have not been additional comments-come on folks, get with it-tony santos

checked this one out again. I guess all we can do is wait for October, have a BART strike and boy will we see comments-Tony Santos

BART's been hiding money for years and giving it to management in higher and higher salaries and huge management perks. Thanks Bill

Sure. And the tooth fairy has been stashing it in Never Never Land!

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