After discovering a bureaucratic oversight that allowed the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce to collect funds on an expired contract, city and chamber officials have cinched up an economic and business development agreement and payments for the remainder the year.
On Feb. 26, New Times reported that the chamber received $34,081 in payments from the city for about seven months after its contract had expired. City officials, grappling with whether to cut off all payments or continue to pay for services the chamber was no longer able to provide in full, previously decided to hold off on a final decision and allow chamber officials to bring back a new scope of work.
Following subsequent meetings between city and chamber officials, on April 8 the Morro Bay City Council unanimously approved an amended contract to pay the chamber another $15,000 through the end of the 2013-14 fiscal year. Under the new contract, the chamber will receive about $9,300 less than its previously contracted agreement of $58,425 per year.
Councilwoman Christine Johnson thanked the chamber members, who have withstood staff shakeups in recent months, for their “blood, sweat, and tears.”
The matter was approved quickly and with little discussion.