to hire CPA to assist treasurer in completion of difficult audit
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Logan County finance committee teleconferenced with Tectura, their
Microsoft Great Plains accounting software support, on Thursday
afternoon. This was one of many added conferences over the past year
that have recently come down to meeting once or twice a week in
order to resolve the county's accounting issues and meet the final
audit deadline of March 31.
The 2004-2005 fiscal year budget that was submitted to the auditor,
Crowe Chizek, earlier this year was rejected. It was the first
budget produced on the new accounting software and the figures would
not fit with the auditor's system. Specifically, the fund balances
and the due-to and due-from accounts were not working.
representatives said on Thursday that they have nearly completed
everything that they can do to help the county fix the problems.
However, there is still some accounting-related work that must be
done before the figures are audit-ready.
At the request of Logan County Treasurer Mary Ellen Bruns, the
county would hire Helen G. Barrick, CPA, from Clifton, Gunderson,
LLP, CPA and Consultants, a nationally recognized company initially
based in the Midwest, to review the accounts before they are sent to
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Barrick brings to the table certified public accounting knowledge
and will be able to add CPA language that the auditor will be able
to understand. She will help identify fund balances with
explanations before the figures are submitted to Crowe Chizek.
It is now scheduled for Crowe Chizek to have those figures in
their hands by Feb. 5 to begin the audit process. Their part of the
work will involve fieldwork and a review of the figures. The total
audit process is expected to take five to six weeks.