|Posted:||February 28, 2017 09:21 AM|
|From:||Senator Patrick J. Stefano and Sen. Kim L. Ward|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Legislation giving Auditor General the authority to audit county and municipal authorities|
|In the near future, Senator Ward and I will be reintroducing last Session’s Senate Bill 1223, legislation to authorize the Auditor General to conduct audits of county and municipal authorities. These authorities are entrusted with delivering vital services, including water, sewage and housing services, to citizens of the Commonwealth. Despite these entities receiving significant tax dollars from both state and local governments, they do not fall under the oversight of the Auditor General.
In a meeting with the Auditor General, he stated that requests to audit local authorities constitute the overwhelming majority of requests he must deny because his office is not authorized to handle them.
As a former chairman of a sewage authority, I believe that this oversight is needed. Currently, these accounts are only audited by a firm of the board’s choosing. The knowledge of a possible audit by the Auditor General will not only ensure the best use of their funds, but also serve as a deterrent to potential misuse and misallocation of any funds.
Previous co-sponsors of this legislation include: EICHELBERGER, RAFFERTY, VULAKOVICH, VOGEL, FOLMER, WAGNER, MENSCH AND BARTOLOTTA
I ask you to please join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Mark Fetzko of my office or Geri Sarfert of Senator Ward’s office.
Introduced as SB597