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Most recent Long Co. audit is a joke

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POSTED: August 20, 2014 8:00 p.m.

Editor, I would like to respond to the Long County audit for the year ending June 30, 2013, which is — needless to say — a joke.
In the past, Long County received an audit from Spivey and Company in Waycross and Karp Ronning and Tindol in Savannah. These firms were credible and didn’t just point fingers based on speculation. With those firms, the county actually received an audit and was charged $20,000 versus the $43,000 that the county’s new auditor charged.  
I would be more than happy to sit down with anyone and the auditor who performed this audit.Let’s set the record straight, and please bring your business certificate and experience with you.
The personal vendetta here has gone too far and, furthermore, several of these corrective-action requests need to be completed by the person who was responsible for them, i.e. SPLOST, E911, the development authority, etc. Payroll corrections were an issue that had to be corrected several times, which would be any time the payroll clerk entered them wrong. Give dates for the shortfall.
Some of this audit is just too elementary to respond to, but I will say one thing — you are trying your best to cover your inefficiencies. Bank balances do not lie, and everything in the auditor’s report says that fraud potentially could be an issue. One thing that is true, though, is that the year-end balance is what I told the public it would be.
Why don’t you hire an auditing firm and let them do an audit, because the credit-card and travel reimbursement were done right. If you don’t trust your constitutional officers and employees, that is up to you to change.
Anyone who would like to get a copy of the county budget and drill me about it, please feel free to do so. This is just childish on the part of the commission.

— Bobby Walker
former Long County Commission chairman

 

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