Besides seeking assistance from the
They're also prepared to hire a national organization -- at a minimum cost of about
"If it looks like it will solve some of our problems, we're pretty serious about it," said Commissioner
Despite some recent tension between the commissioners and Coker -- who has been responsible for the financial reports since the fall of 2010 -- they all seem to agree the multipronged approach will help improve the situation.
"I feel really good," Coker said.
The problems intensified last year, when state auditors declined to express an opinion regarding the accuracy of the 2012 financial statements, saying the county "could not provide sufficient support for significant journal entries or determine the cause of material variances between the bank activity, accounting records and financial statement amounts."
The inability to provide this information led to delays in completion of the 2012 audit report, which prompted Standard & Poor's
Without a credit rating, County Administrator
Besides adding staff to help Coker correct some data-entry issues, Petrovich said the State Auditor's Office Performance Division will meet with county officials next month to discuss cash management and bank transaction practices.
A follow-up meeting in September will review the county's procedures in greater detail, both to ensure they meet best practices and to improve efficiencies.
The performance division assistance is free of charge, Petrovich said. However, the commissioners may also hire the
"It's the best source of information on best practices," Petrovich said. "It would be hard for any (
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