Auditor Faber Declares Crosby Township “Unauditable”

Tuesday, July 20, 2021


For Immediate Release:                                                                  

July 20, 2021                                                                                     



Auditor Faber Declares Crosby Township “Unauditable”


Columbus – Auditor of State Keith Faber’s office last week sent a letter to Crosby Township (Hamilton County) declaring the township “unauditable” for the period January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019 due to inadequate records to complete an audit.


“Now more than ever, local governments need to be open and transparent about their finances and that requires them to file their financial records for audit,” Auditor Faber said. “Should the township need help preparing their records, our Local Government Services team is more than willing to assist.”


This declaration comes after the independent public accounting firm conducting the audit was unable to obtain bank reconciliations including identification of reconciling items, copies of meeting minutes, ordinances, and resolutions passed by the Board of Trustees from January 1, 2018 through the present date, copies of all final appropriation ordinances/resolutions passed by the Board of Trustees for 2018, 2019, and 2020, and copies of the final certificate of Estimated Resources certified by the County for 2018, 2019, 2020.


Within 90 days from receiving the letter, the township must revise their financial records and provide the data necessary to complete the audit. Failure to bring the accounts, records and reports into an auditable condition within ninety days may result in legal action. This action may result in the Attorney General issuing a subpoena for Fiscal Officer Matthew Wallace to appear in the Auditor’s office to explain their failure to provide their financial records. Also, the Attorney General may file suit to compel the official to prepare and/or produce the necessary information to complete the audit.


Should officials need assistance in correcting any deficiencies, they may contact the Auditor of State’s Local Government Services (LGS) Department. LGS is a team of financial managers, dedicated to bringing expert financial services to Ohio’s local governments.  However, the Auditor’s office will not consider the Township’s failure to act in a timely manner or their inability to meet our schedule as a mitigating factor to extend the 90 day period.




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.



Allie Dumski

Press Secretary

(614) 644-1111