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Published: Wednesday, 1/5/2005

Perrysburg Township: State auditor recommends improvement

BY RACHEL ZINN
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Perrysburg Township officials have implemented some changes recommended by the state auditor's office and are hoping to address other recommendations this year.

Auditor Betty Montgomery's staff performs a mandatory check of the township's financial practices every two years. She issued a report in November explaining the findings on an audit of the township's accounting for 2002 and 2003.

The auditor's office found no serious problems with the township's financial practices, but offered a few suggestions for improvement in a letter to township officials.

The letter says that in 2002, the township spent about $18,000 more than the township trustees appropriated from the garbage and waste disposal fund. Another problem in 2002 and 2003 was that township officials did not correctly estimate revenues for various funds.

John Hrosko, township administrator, said the township has changed its accounting procedures to avoid these problems.

"The audit was a good educational experience for us," Mr. Hrosko said. "The changes they recommended are a cleaner way to do the accounting."

The auditor also recommended several policy changes for the township. The township received these recommendations at its previous audit.

The auditor said the township should:

●Create a disaster recovery plan. The plan would allow the township to continue business operations if a disaster wipes out its computer files. The disaster recovery plan would include rules for backing up files and an agreement with another facility to use computer equipment.

●Form an audit committee. The audit committee would monitor the township's financial practices and follow up on auditor recommendations.

●Develop a nepotism policy. The township does not have a policy that details rules about hiring relatives and close friends of employees.

Mr. Hrosko said he intends to discuss these issues with the township trustees.

"All these recommendations we can hopefully handle in the next two years before the next audit," he said.



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