Kingman Airport Authority, City Council meet at first workshop

Bob Riley (left), Director, Economic Development for Kingman Airport Authority and workshop facilitator, Bill Pupo, discuss a point at Thursday’s meeting.

Photo by Hayden Merrill.

Bob Riley (left), Director, Economic Development for Kingman Airport Authority and workshop facilitator, Bill Pupo, discuss a point at Thursday’s meeting.

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Councilman Travis Ligenfelter and KAA Chairwoman Krystal Burge speak with members of the audience.

KINGMAN – The first of four scheduled workshops between the Kingman Airport Authority and the City of Kingman Common Council took place yesterday afternoon.

The workshops have been scheduled so the City of Kingman can understand how the KAA is managing its two most valuable assets, the Kingman Airport and Industrial Park.

Bill Pupo, facilitator for the workshops, said that the workshops were intended to allow the city to “understand what is going on at the airport, and the plans for the future.” This is in response to public outcry of late regarding the condition in which the airport and Industrial Park are being kept, as well as searching for an understanding as to the financial situation of the KAA.

The workshop brought together members of the City Council, including Mayor Monica Gates and Vice Mayor Jen Miles, and members of the KAA board and administration. The workshop included presentations made on the history of the KAA, the KAA master plan, and the annual budget.

The liveliest part of the workshop came when it was time to discuss the possibility of a forensic audit of the KAA.

Each year, the KAA has a general audit performed for the city’s benefit, with each of those reports given over freely to the city. The 2016 audit was performed by Steve Palmer of Hinton Burdick.

“The financial statements of the airport authority are correct,” Palmer said.

However, the council still wished to discuss whether a forensic audit, which would allow for more specific auditing and would be needed in addition to the general audit.

KAA was in agreement that all of their records are and will be open to the city when the documents are requested. However, Palmer mentioned that a forensic audit can be “very expensive.” While no decision can be made due to the preliminary nature of the workshop, there was debate as to whether or not a forensic audit was even needed.