The Guilford County Board of Commissioners got some good news from April Adams from the accounting firm of Cherry Bekaert LLP at the board’s Thursday, Jan. 20 meeting.
Adams reported that, as far as the audit for fiscal 2020-2021 could discern, county staff had not been cooking the books.
With a couple of minor exceptions, the county got a passing grade of A, which in accounting circles is better known as a “clean” audit.
That’s particularly impressive for Guilford County staff given that, in that fiscal year, which ran from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, loads and loads of previously unseen state and federal COVID-19 relief money was pouring into the county and had to be spent according to the guidelines that accompanied the money.
Adams said the county’s audit came out very well.
“That is the opinion that you want,” Adams said of the clean outcome – adding that the results showed “no deficiency” and demonstrated overall compliance with state and federal guidelines.
Each year, when the audit results are revealed, there are a few minor infractions. This year, one such issue was a failure among Department of Health and Human Services staff to conduct monthly reviews of eligibility requirements in one program.
Adams said the reviews did get done, but not on time every month.
“I’m going to blame it on COVID-19,” Adams said, noting that Guilford County like other local governments had seen staffing issues during the pandemic when many workers were out or were adjusting to work from home.
Another issue included missing documentation in just one of many cases reviewed to assure that eligibility requirements for federal assistance had been met.
At the Jan. 30 meeting Commissioner Kay Cashion, who chairs the Guilford County Audit Committee, praised staff and Cherry Bekaert for working together well, and Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Skip Alston praised Cashion for her leadership of the Audit Committee over the years.
The firm of Cherry Bekaert has been doing the county’s audits since near the start of the century, and, at times over the years, commissioners have pointed out that best practices call for local governments to change up auditors every now and then so the two don’t get too cozy with each other.
While that move to get “fresh eyes” on the county’s books has been proposed by a commissioner from time to time, it never gets any traction because the firm and the county have such a good working relationship.
LOL….same firm doing the audit? Clean audit….again, LMAO!
If anyone believes this, then I have some swamp land I need to sale.
Good news is bad news to those who are convinced by ideology and dogma that all government is evil, incompetent, acquisitive, wasteful and over-reaching. Those ‘libertarians’ who would destroy civil society because they cannot bear to part with a nickle for its care and upkeep, who think all expenditures on behalf of a ‘public” is theft, that every regulation is a personal affront and threat to life liberty and happiness because you can’t wave around guns in public or dump mercury into local rivers or have to interact with, let alone be governed by, people who don’t look like you.
If you are so jaded and cynical you cannot believe an independent financial auditor when they find your government are NOT BLATANT CROOKS, you should complain directly to Cherry Bekaert LLP and ask to see the figures for yourselves. I find it ironic that many of you here support a four-time bankrupt real estate heir whose organization has been indicted over 30 times for various financial frauds (any Trump University grads out there?) and sued innumerable times since the 1970s for billions in judgments
They only know to hate. Modern conservative no longer have a platform other than hold onto as much power as possible regardless of the needs of the people.
Modern conservative? You mean. . . .liberal?
Trumpers are the modern conservatives. Old school conservatives didn’t try to overturn a free and fair election as a means to stop the peaceful transfer of power.
Blah, blah, blah…..more hot air from Tuna.
And his evil narcissist liberal socialist twin chris
Can’t stop thinking of me can you Will? You have crush on me or something?
I really admire and love all closet President Trump supporters
Didn’t Elvis sing “too much monkey business for me to be invahld in”?