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Taylor Declares Perry Township “Unauditable”
Wood County -
Auditor of State Mary Taylor today declared Perry Township, in Wood County, “unauditable” for calendar years 2008 and 2009. An unauditable designation means that records and documents necessary to conduct a routine financial audit are missing, incomplete or inaccurate.
“Township officials must maintain proper records of their financial activity in accordance with state law and established record-retention schedules,” Taylor said. “The failure to do so increases the potential of misspending or theft of public funds.”
In a letter sent to township officials on March 16, Taylor indicated that her office was unable to obtain accurate monthly cash reconciliations from the township during the regular audit.
Taylor said the Auditor of State’s Local Government Services section is available to assist township officials in correcting record keeping deficiencies if needed.
The letter also stated that the Auditor of State reserves the right to pursue legal action if township officials fail to revise financial records and provide information necessary to complete the audit.
The township will remain unauditable until all financial documents are obtained and the final audit report is released publicly.
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