County earns state auditor’s award

By Cecilia Fox -

MIAMI COUNTY — Recognized for a “clean” audit report, Miami County received the Auditor of State Award with Distinction at Thursday’s county commissioners meeting.

Joe Braden with the Ohio Auditor of State’s Office presented Auditor Matt Gearhardt with the award.

“It’s important to note that this puts you all in a very unique group,” Braden said. The Auditor of State’s Office audits almost 6,000 entities each year and fewer than 300 are eligible to this award.

In order to qualify for the award, an entity must file timely financial reports with the Auditor of State’s office in the form of a CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report). In addition, that report must not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, single audit findings or questioned costs. The entity’s management letter cannot comments related to: ethics referrals, questioned costs less than $10,000, lack of timely report submission, reconciliation, failure to obtain a timely single audit, findings for recovery less than $100, or public meetings or public records issues.

“It really, truly is a reflection of the dedication of the employees of the auditor’s office,” Gearhardt said. “Miami County has a long and strong tradition of recording of governmental accounting and assets properly, and we’re proud to continue that.”

The commissioners congratulated the department on the achievement and thanked them for their hard work and dedication.

“That is an honor to get something like that and it takes a lot of work by a lot of people to make that happen,” Commissioner Richard Cultice said. “I know that it does take dedication and hard work and sometimes cooperation in order to get there.”

In other business, the board approved the purchase of a new generator docking station from Ohio CAT in Troy for the Facilities and Operations Department. The cost is not to exceed $9,456.

This piece of equipment is used in supplying a backup electrical system for the jail.

The commissioners also signed agreements for consulting services with two different companies. One with the county auditor’s office for assistance in compiling the 2016 comprehensive annual financial report, and another with the transit department for assistance in grant management and other assistance.

The cost of the first agreement is not to exceed $49,000 and the services included in the second agreement will be $105 per hour up to $20,000.

By Cecilia Fox

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