Pine County Board Accepts 2007 Audit, Consider Future Changes

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 at 6:12 am

The Pine County Board accepted the final 2007 state audit report at Tuesday’s board meeting.  Pine County Auditor Cathy Clemmer says the delay comes partly because of staff cuts at the State Auditors Office.  Clemmer informed the board that there were no “red flags” in the report.

Due to the delays the board raised the question of whether or not to switch audit services from the state to the private sector.  Clemmer says Pine County currently pays the state roughly $70,000 to do the audit.  She recommended the county continue to use the state for the 2008 audit period, then consider making the switch in the future.

Clemmer said Kanabec County currently uses private audit services and said they are pleased.

The board also approved a publication of the 2007 Financial Statement, but different from years past, instead of a full statement, the county will publish only a summary.  Full copies of the statement will be made available online.  Only vendors of at $5,000 or more will be listed individually.

Clemmer says summarizing the statement will help cut cost.  She added, that because the financial statement is from 2007, it is a two year lag, and the information is outdated.

County Commissioner Doug Carlson told the board he feels it is important salaries of commissioner are  still made available in the local papers.

The board agreed to publish the summary of the financial statement, which is required by the state.  In addition, with a 4-1 vote (Steve Hallan opposed) the board agreed to publish a separate list of commissioners and employees salaries and wages.  County Coordinator, Mark LeBrun, said the published salaries in the separate publication will be up-to-date.

The Pine County Courier and Hinckley News will publish the statements.  The Courier is the official paper for Pine County.

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