Supes call for Muni audit 

Muni’s operation is coming under tough scrutiny by members of the Board of Supervisors, who are calling for an audit of the cash-strapped transit agency as it considers charging more for rides and service cuts.

Supervisor David Campos requested the audit to determine if the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which oversees Muni, is managing its revenues and expenditures “in the most efficient, effective and economic manner.”

The audit, which could cost up to $150,000, was approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee.

“This is a critical audit,” Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi said. The agency has not undergone an audit of this type in 14 years. Budget Analyst Harvey Rose would conduct it by May 1, with findings rolled out along the way.

The agency’s board of directors has to submit the agency’s budget by May 1 for review by the mayor and the board.

The full board will vote next week on whether to authorize the audit.  It will examine such things as the decision-making of the board of directors, the use of Muni staff, use of outside consultants, capital projects and overtime.

Supervisor Carmen Chu said the audit would shed light on why the agency has “continued shortfalls.”

MTA spokesman Judson True said, “We will work diligently on any audit by the Budget Analyst as we do with all of our regulatory and oversight bodies.”

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