OH Auditor: Austintown’s records unauditable

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost
Ohio Auditor Dave Yost

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Ohio Auditor Dave Yost said Tuesday that Austintown township’s financial records are not in good enough condition to be audited.

As part of the state’s audit of Austintown Township for 2013 and 2014, auditors determined that the condition of the records is not adequate to finish the audit. In a letter to the township, Yost’s office notified officials that the reconciliations were required to complete the audit.

Austintown Township Administrator Mike Dockry said that the declaration points out issues in the county’s record-keeping system but doesn’t mean that money is being mismanaged. According to Dockry, the township will have to reconcile its month-by-month bank balances with its electronic record-keeping system.

Dockry said the differences in those two could have come from someone forgetting to enter a transaction, or a transaction being entered incorrectly, or any of a number of issues.

“Poorly maintained records create a lack of accountability,” Yost said. “Austintown Township must bring its records back to an auditable condition to complete the audit.”

The township has 90 days to get its records in order, according to the release. If that doesn’t happen, the attorney general’s office may file suit to force the township to get the information.

Austintown can get off the “unauditable” list by having the state complete an audit and release it to the public.

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