Atlanta Lawyer shares outcomes of metropolis income division exterior audit

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) – The continued conversations about if the town’s finance division has thousands and thousands of {dollars} unaccounted for proceed.

In December, the town’s inside auditor, Donna McGinnis revealed to council the finance division was apparently lacking $45.1 million in unprocessed transactional exercise for charges.

At Tuesday’s metropolis council assembly, an legal professional employed by the town to research the finance division shared the outcomes of the investigation. Mayor Henderson says the surface audit finished by the legislation agency, Troutman Pepper was finished as a result of residents deserve transparency.

“We owe the reality and we owe council the reality. We had truly made a few of supporting documentation obtainable for the interior auditor and for no matter purpose we didn’t get something again, so we needed to do one thing [external audit] to both validate or refute that the cash had been not been deposited,” stated Henderson.

Charlie Peeler with Troutman Pepper went over the investigation that primarily targeted checked out three issues on the backlog of enterprise and alcoholic beverage license renewals:

  • What’s the reason behind the backlog?
  • What number of licenses are backlogged?
  • How a lot cash has the backlog value the town?

Peeler says the main focus was additionally to determine what cash is because of the metropolis that the town doesn’t have.

Based on Peeler and the investigation, there may be “no proof to help the declare that there’s $45.1 million in unbanked, unworked income.”

After Tuesday’s assembly Mayor Henderson stated he hopes residents can acquire confidence that their cash is “fairly effectively protected.”

“What I hope the general public is aware of is that the town authorities works very arduous to attempt to shield tax {dollars} and be sure that it’s spent and to account for it, however additionally they realized that there’s areas we will approve proper. Whether or not if it’s finance, parks & rec, no matter it’s, there’s all the time room for enchancment. I hope that they take away that there was no $45 million that went undeposited it was proper the place it was presupposed to be. It was put into the checking account; that was verified and validated by Troutman Pepper, the person that did the investigation. We’re going to enhance. The residents deserve us to proceed to work higher and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Columbus resident, Marvin Broadwater Sr. shared his response to the audit’s findings.

“We knew when the preliminary auditor talked about $45 million there was no means that may very well be lacking, everybody knew that, however council they ran with it. It’s my opinion that they’re utilizing this as a private acquire to get to a different place. In my humble opinion the town council is discombobulated. Once you ask the corporate, ‘who’s accountable?’ you’re going after somebody. What they’re doing now could be a disservice not solely to our metropolis authorities, however to our residents.

Mayor Henderson says the Troutman Pepper audit roughly value $400,000. Based on his information and the legislation agency, there was by no means any indication of felony exercise from the town’s finance division.

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