The county finance committee had a special meeting Friday morning to
review the audit. Instead they were in one more teleconference with
the auditing staff. The lead accountant handling the account for
Crowe Chizek said that they just needed a few more little items from
the treasurer's office that would balance the cash accounts.
Treasurer Mary Ellen Bruns said that what they are asking for now
are not little items, and she riffled the edge of a stack of papers
in her hands. What she didn't understand is that they are all items
that have been sent before. She and Helen G. Barrick, a certified
public accountant from Clifton Gunderson that the county hired to
help expedite the resubmissions for the audit, have tried to
understand what it is that the auditor is asking for on several
occasions recently. It's all figures that the auditor already
received, Bruns said.
Finance chairman Chuck Ruben said that he has been receiving the
same complaints from other county departments, saying that they were
also asked to send the same information again and again. He asked
Bruns and her staff to stay in contact with the auditor and make
sure they get what they are asking for and to keep asking them each
day if there's anything else they want.
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"I don't know what else we can do," Ruben said.
The new estimated completion date is close enough to next month's
regularly scheduled county meeting that no additional meetings are
being scheduled. Ruben said that he expects to present the
information at the county's April 12 board-of-the-whole meeting to
be accepted by vote at the adjourned meeting on April 19.
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