Accounting software consultant aids in county reconciling accounts
in new system
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Audit could move forward by the end of the month
[JAN. 11, 2007]
The audit remains at the top of the list of county financial
matters. The finance committee, led by chairman Chuck Ruben,
teleconferenced with the software support company, Tectura, on
Thursday morning. The lead consultant from Tectura, Colleen Pluta,
sat at the table with the committee. She has been working with Logan
County Treasurer Mary Ellen Bruns in unraveling the mysteries of
fund balances and the due-to and due-from accounting with the new
county computer system since early December.
The problems became critical when 2005 figures would not work with
the system of accounting used by Crowe Chizek, the auditors.
Pluta had some good news. A number of the funds are now 100
percent reconciled, she said. There are still more that have been
examined, but in the short run it was not clear where the problem
is. Those funds will need to be worked with more thoroughly.
For that reason an absolute completion date could not be set. She
and Cindy Strietenberger, the lead Tectura representative at the
other end of the teleconference, did say that the county could
contact the auditors to begin their work by the end of January.
There could still be a few accounts that are not settled by that
time. The auditors would be able to start without them, and those
accounts could be finished shortly.
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Pluta was remaining at the courthouse to work with Bruns on
Thursday and Friday.
Tectura has estimated that an additional 40 hours may be needed
to complete the work.
The county's account manager from Tectura, Lory Kraker, said, "We
do want to get this done. I know how hard it is on everyone." She
proposed a weekly teleconference to keep the project on track, with
two calls next week. She said that if anyone didn't complete their
work according to the bulleted task order, they would be reminded
that we are on a timeline.
Crowe Chizek sent a letter saying that because of the problems
and extra work involved to finish the audit, they would be
increasing their fee from $38,000 to $57,000.