The Costa Mesa Senior Center's use of taxpayer money may become more transparent under a five-year agreement reached with city officials Tuesday night.
The City Council voted 4 to 1 to approve a financial audit of the center, whittling down a previous proposal that sparked criticism from senior center officials. Councilman Eric Bever voted no.
"We're an independent organization. We're not an employee of the city," said Bruce Garlich, the senior center's board president.
Council members suggested last month that the city be given forensic audit powers. The proposal would use city funds to hire an outside auditor who would probe the senior center's spending for potential wrongdoing.