County's financial audit earns praise

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County's auditors gave the county's financial managers a pat on the back at the Board of Commissioners' Dec. 30 meeting.



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POLK COUNTY -- Polk County's auditors gave the county's financial managers a pat on the back at the Board of Commissioners' Dec. 30 meeting.

The board accepted the 2008-09 fiscal year audit, deemed clean by auditors Brad Bingerheimer and Kevin Gienger, certified public accountants with Boldt, Carlisle and Smith.

Commissioner Mike Propes said he was pleased with the auditors' work.

"You take a really honest look," he said. "That is really beneficial to me as a commissioner because if we are doing something wrong, we need to know about it. It always comes out a really clean audit, so we know our staff is doing a good job."

This is the fifth year the Salem firm has performed the county's audit.

The only blemish on the otherwise solid audit was one part of the county's mental health fund was overspent.

County Treasurer Linda Fox said the developmental disability fund is difficult to track and balance because a portion of the payments to the fund from the state come in two months after the end of the fiscal year. Fox said the county tries to estimate what those payments will be and adjust for them, but it doesn't always turn out even.

"This isn't the first time that's happened," she said. "It's really hard to match up."

Otherwise, Bingerheimer said the county's internal controls, or financial accounting measures used to prevent errors and fraud, are solid.

"We did not find anything we thought to be a material weakness," he said.

The 2008-09 audit is posted on the county's Web site at www.co.polk.or.us.



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