Mayor Tyler Responds to Criticism About Water and Sewer Audit
The dispute about the audit of Shreveport's water and sewer department has become a bit of a controversy in the Mayor's race.
Several Councilmembers have told KEEL News they did not know an audit was underway. And during an August Mayoral Forum, Tyler responded to a question from the moderator who asked if she would call for an audit of the water and sewer department. From that forum:
"My administration is very transparent. More transparent than anybody else," Tyler proclaimed at the Southern Hills Business Association forum on August 6.
But on that same day the city was sued over water and sewer, Tyler also told voters she would only order an external audit of the water department after she's re-elected, and only on condition that there were problems. Yet it turns out, an outside audit of the water department was already under way."
After clarification, the second “public” Department of Water and Sewerage Operational Compliance Efficiency Audit RFP was issued on July 7, 2017 (see attached “RFP 17-811 Operational Compliance Efficiency” pdf).
The contract was executed on March 6, 2018 to the only responsive bidder, Carr, Riggs & Ingram with expected completion by year’s end. Click here to read the full contract which was signed in March.