Friday, September 28, 2018

Franklin County Financial Statemens and Federal Single Audit Report for 2017 Released by SAO

Check out the full report on the State Auditor's website by clicking here.

I have also posted the exit recommendations for your review.  Exit items don't make it in the final report, but highlight deficiencies that should be corrected. You can review the exit recommendations by clicking here.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Franklin County Clerk Fraud Investigation 4-30-2018

The Washington State Auditor's Office has released a fraud report surrounding a recent loss of funds in the County Clerk's Office.

For the SAO 2016 Accountability Audit report click here

Previous audit findings from the State Auditor issued regarding the County Clerk's office:

  • 2012 SAO issued a management letter that can be found by clicking here
  • 2011 SAO issued a management letter that can be found by clicking here

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Franklin County Accountability Audit Released by SAO 4-30-2018

The Washington State Auditor has released the Franklin County 2016 accountability audit.  A finding at the TRAC facility was issued.  A management letter detailing issues detected in the County Veteran's Assistance Program are also reported.

For your convenience you can find the most recent SAO Accountability report here by clicking here 

Previous Audits of TRAC:

The previous TRAC finding from 3-4-2014 can be found by clicking here

2015 TRAC Exit Items click here

Management Letter dated 2-26-2016 regarding the sale of TRAC land can be found by clicking here

The results of the ClifftonLarsonAllen LLP accounting firm audit and their recommendations can be found by clicking here

Veteran's Program Information:

Current Veteran's Program policy and commissioners' resolution click here

Management Letter issued by the Washington State Auditor's office regarding issues with the program click here

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

New Franklin County Accountability Audit Report Released By The Washington State Auditor's Office

The Washington State Auditor's office has just released the results of their recent accountability audit. The audit report covers the period from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.

To read the report, click here.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Great News For Franklin County Elections Department

See the Secretary of State Special Review Report of the Franklin County Elections Department.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

More news that was missed by the news...

Below is a copy of the comments I used to guide a discussion at the Franklin County Board of Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 in which I encourage the board to get an appraisal when expending $539,504 of proceeds from the sale of property to re-acquire property that had previously been sold by the County.  The board voted 3-0 to proceed with the purchase without an appraisal.



As Auditor I have concerns the settlement agreement approved on April 8th (2015-153)regarding the purchase of a property from CMV Holdings and Franklin County at the TRAC Complex may be a gift of public funds.  Several elements are needed to alleviate my concerns.  A private sector/objective market based appraisal of the property and an open public discussion on the public purpose of the purchase. The content of the discussion may raise additional questions.

Why am I interested?

The recent auction at TRAC piqued my interest in the “what” and “why” the county was making this move now.  My almost 27 years in real estate means I am just interested in this stuff.    I had missed a few meetings and attempted to use the public record to figure it out.  Needles to say it has been instructive.  I could not find a record of how you arrived at the purchase price.  And worse from the record I could not discern a compelling public interest in exercising the reversionary clause.  I want to alert the Board to a condition that would hard for you to know.  Due to the number of Exec sessions you had and the lack of public discussion in the records a citizen would not be able to tell what you did and, more importantly, why you did it.  That is why I am here to today. The public deserves a transparent open government and those of us in this room can deliver on that if we make it a priority; there would have been no way for you to know the county was failing on that point.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

News that wasn’t in the news.

August 11, 2015

Just a quick note, Franklin Count sold 3 parcels located in the TRAC Complex last week that yielded close to a million dollars to the County.   The auction was held at the TRAC facility with Musser Brothers Auctions conducting the sale.  The funds could add a new variable to what is possible if the  City/County discussion proposed below comes to pass .  The next 20 years should be bright if we are willing to do the work plan a path forward.

The Auditor’s office has been working with the new GM, Tom French to develop and implement the policies and reporting  recommended in the Performance Audit.

Editorial From Sunday, April 26, 2015