City Manager Clears Up Payroll Confusion
"It was a bank error that created this problem."
City Manager, Carlos Villarreal is responding to a letter that was delivered to the KGNS station from an anonymous city employee claiming the city made a mistake with their employee payroll and are now asking for funds back.
The letter reads, employees had money deposited on Tuesday July 24th, which was early since their pay period fell on July 27th. The anonymous city employee goes on to say the transaction approved was an old transaction dated a couple of years back. In some cases, people who no longer work for the city got paid. This person also claimed the city would be out money, but Villarreal says that's not so.
"I want to reiterate and underline that the city is not going to be missing out any money. We're not going to be paying any money."
The person who wrote the letter says the city is asking employees this happened to, to return the money, which they say is an error they did not make.
"Some of the people saw the money and some of them pulled some of the money spent it and now they're saying who should I have to pay it back."
Villarreal says the money was never theirs to keep in the first place and speaks about another problem that he's seen.
"Where there is a problem...is where people do not have sufficient funding or have accounts closed."
Villarreal says about 80 people were affected. The city is working with the bank to try to return some of the money. For those whose accounts were over drafted, Villarreal says the bank is paying for the $35 charge. He feels this letter was written by someone who simply wants the city to pay for everything.
"If I had to make a bet on that, it's probably one of the people that did not have sufficient funding."
Out of the nearly 80 people this mistake happened to, the City Manager says there are only three or four people that have yet to get their accounts fixed.