City officials still have some areas to work on, but over all they got good marks in the city’s annual audit, according to Vickie Dreiling, of Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball.
She met with the Great Bend City Council Administration Committee this week to go over the audit report, which will be considered by the council as a whole later.
Dreiling told the committee members that the city will get an “unqualified opinion” for the audit of its 2010 records and that is the highest rating it can get.
She noted the city’s funds all balanced and the audit showed the city is in good shape. “We were please that the city operated within their budget and had no budget violations to note,” Dreiling said.
She said the city did show two statute violations in its 2010 business. One involved not publishing quarterly treasurer reports and the other involved how it handled checks that were still outstanding from the city. Those were kept on the books for too long, according to state standards.
Records involving the city debt were good and they show that it continues to hold several general obligation bond series, used for various local projects, including the continuing sewer improvement projects.
Currently, the city is set to have the last of those bonds expire in 2025, Dreiling reported.
The city received more than $500,000 in federal expenditures for 2010, so a special audit of those funds was successfully completed as well.
The city’s governance letter noted that there are recommendations for improving internal controls, and City Clerk Wayne Henneke noted he is working with the departments on accounting issues.
Committee Chairman Ken Roberts commented it was one of the cleaner audits he’s seen at the city.