City gets clean bill of health in state audit

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An annual state audit released Monday gave the city of Vancouver a clean bill of fiscal health.

A team led by state Auditor Brian Sonntag conducted an extensive financial audit as well as detailed independent analysis of the city’s 2010 accounting, the city said in a bulletin. It looked at programs including the Community Development Department, Fire Department, Public Works Operations Center and Pearson Field.

Because the city received and spent federal money in 2010, including stimulus money awarded though the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the audit included a higher level of scrutiny and reporting for eight qualifying grant programs, including the Community Development Block Grant, Highway Planning and Construction funds, HOME investment, Brownfields Economic Development Initiative, Section 108 Loan Guarantees and the Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant. Spending on all eight totaled more than $13.5 million.

Subjects of the audit included city billing and payments, procurement and contracts, public meetings, utility revenue and conflicts of interest. State auditors were in Vancouver for about six months before concluding there were no deficiencies or weaknesses, difficulties, misstatements or disagreements with the city’s own auditing and financial statements.