Re: “Audit: THA misspent $10,000″ (TNT, 1-29).
Your coverage of the Tacoma Housing Authority audit report lacks some context.
First, the money went for legitimate activities. As a former THA commissioner, I participated in a number of planning sessions and staff gatherings, for three purposes: to efficiently and effectively discuss the organization’s plans, to improve cooperation among departments, and to train and motivate employees.
Every organization I’ve been in, public or private, large or small, has some version of these same activities. Responsible employers recognize the value of these activities.
The money spent was modest. The auditor questions $39,000 for the 18-month period. This represents less than 0.06 of a percent of THA’s annual operating budget of $45 million. This is a reasonable investment in the efficiency and morale of the people who do the work.
THA is exemplary in its fiscal stewardship. I hope its disagreement with the auditor won’t diminish the public’s confidence in the organization.
(Miller served on the THA board for six years, including two terms as chairman.)