Auditor Faber Declares Madison Township “Unauditable”
Columbus – Auditor of State Keith Faber today declared Madison Township (Fayette County) “unauditable” after the township failed to submit financial statements essential to complete the audit.
“It is essential that the township submit their financial records as soon as possible, so that we can complete our annual audit,” Auditor Faber said.
The township failed to file a complete set of financial statements for fiscal years 2017 and 2018.
On April 16, 2019 and June 17, 2019, auditors spoke to the township fiscal officer, Myron Miller, regarding the lack of financial statements. Additionally, auditors emailed Miller on April 24, May 21, and August 8 and were never given a date for when Miller would file the records
On September 26, an Auditor of State representative contacted a township trustee, who indicated that they had contacted Miller and the township would file the records. Additionally, auditors contacted the Fayette County Prosecutor, Jesse Wade, who indicated he would contact Mill to discuss the filing.
To date, the township has not filed a complete set of financial statements. Consequently, the Auditor’s office considers the financial report of the township “unauditable.”
Within 90 days of receiving the “unauditable” declaration, the township must revise their financial records and provide the data necessary to complete the audit. Failure to bring accounts, records, and reports to an auditable position may result in legal action, including the possibility of the Attorney General issuing a subpoena to village officials to explain the condition of records. The Attorney General may also file suit to compel officials to prepare and/or produce the required information.
The Auditor of State’s Local Government Services section is available to the village to assist in bringing records to an auditable condition. Local Government Services provides a wide variety of services to local governments, including reconstructing financial records and aid in the reconciling of books.
The Auditor’s office removes an entity from the “unauditable” list once the audit in question is complete 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 6,000 state and local government agencies. Under the direction of Auditor Keith Faber, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies, and promotes transparency in government.