Newton Falls Joint Fire District Financial Records “Unauditable”

Monday, October 1, 2012

Columbus – As a result of inadequate financial records, Auditor of State Dave Yost placed the Newton Falls Joint Fire District (Trumbull County) on the “unauditable” list.

“Poor records lead to poor service for taxpayers,” Auditor Yost said.  “Auditable records must be provided to complete the audit and ensure accountability.”

During the course of the regular financial audit of the Newton Falls Joint Fire District for the period January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2011, the Auditor of State’s office determined that the condition of the fire district’s financial records were not adequate to complete the audit.  In a letter to the fire district, the Auditor of State’s office provided a list of records required to complete the audit.

Within 90 days of the date of the letter, the Newton Falls Joint Fire District must revise its financial records and provide the necessary data.  Failure to bring records to an auditable condition may result in legal action, including the possibility of the attorney general issuing a subpoena to the fire district’s chairman of the board of trustees to explain the condition of records.  The attorney general may also file suit to compel the chairman of the board of trustees to prepare and/or produce the required information.

The Auditor of State’s Local Government Section (LGS) is available to fire district officials to assist in bringing records to an auditable condition.  LGS provides a wide variety of services to local governments, including reconstructing financial records and aid in the reconciliation of books.

An entity is removed from the “unauditable” list once the audit is completed and released to the public.



The Auditor of State’s office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio, is responsible for auditing more than 5,600 state and local government agencies.  Under the direction of Auditor Dave Yost, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies and promotes transparency in government.

Carrie Bartunek
Press Secretary