Houston Controller Finds Fault with Key Economic Development Program

A new report finds that Houston might not be holding private partners accountable for promised infrastructure improvements.

March 28, 2018, 7:00 AM PDT

By Elana Eden


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A city program meant to improve infrastructure and spur economic development lacks oversight and accountability for private partners, according to Houston’s city controller.

The controller's audit concerns agreements in which a private company completes infrastructure improvements and is later reimbursed by the city.

But several companies selected for projects did not fulfill all their commitments before being reimbursed, the audit found. Documentation of the process was also inconsistent, from eligibility requirements and project evaluation to fee payment.

City officials have disputed some conclusions of the report, but also agreed that they could "a better job" documenting and formalizing procedures.

Friday, March 23, 2018 in Houston Chronicle

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