Auditor puts Greene Township on ‘unauditable’ list

GREENE TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – Ohio Auditor David Yost said Greene Township’s records are so poor he can’t even conduct an audit.

But Township Trustee Roy Gregory said he doesn’t know how that is possible because he said the records haven’t been turned over to the state yet and that may be the problem.

Greene Township Fiscal Officer Sandra Detchon resigned effective Sept. 1. Yvonne Postlewaite took over the position and was sworn in late last month. Since the township does not have office space, all the records are still at Detchon’s house.

The state contends that they attempted a regular financial audit of Greene Township for the period Jan. 1, 2012 through Dec. 31, 2013, and that the condition of the township’s financial records were not adequate to complete the audit.  In a Sept. 5, 2014 letter to the township, the Auditor of State’s office provided a list of records required to complete the audit.

“He does not have those records, period. He does not have them. They are still at Sandra’s house. We have to go pick those records up. We are not a big township with offices. We have to get them and put them in a secure place,” Gregory said.

The township, which is located in northern Trumbull County, has 90 days to comply with the state’s request and Gregory said they will do that.

Failure to bring records to an auditable condition could result in legal action, including the possibility of the attorney general issuing a subpoena to township officials to explain the condition of records.  The attorney general may also file suit to compel the officials to prepare and/or produce the required information.

Until the records are turned over, the township will remain on the auditor’s “unauditable list.”

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