Vog, I would have to defer to Surf City Tom on this as he is the ONLY "non-government guy" who can actually locate departmental line items in the state budget documents that I have encountered! I believe that the Office of the State Auditor is funded in the state budget and must spend a large percentage of its time performing audits. Fundamentally, the auditors are salaried and are performing according to their stated "mission". I am certain that this Office of the State Auditor has policies and procedures that assist them in evaluating the complaints they receive and prioritizing them as to whether or not they should be acted upon.
I don't think that it entirely fair reporting to say that this audit of CFCC "cost" the taxpayers $21K because whether or not there were findings of wrongdoing in this particular instance, the auditors would have been paid anyway.
I have interfaced with auditors for many years during my corporate life and have rarely encountered issues that could be directly seen as wrongdoing. Virtually all of these audit encounters have involved tests of procedures and controls looking to the safeguarding of assets and accurate reporting to stakeholders, creditors and taxing authorities.
From my view of this I can't say whether the expending of 290 professional hours by the State Auditor is reasonable but when we consider the testing of procedures and policies it is entirely plausible.
My read of this report and CFCC's response leads me to believe that the College is generally running a "tight ship" and the mishandling of this particular boat motor was an anomaly, not an indication that management of the college is weak or uncontrolled.
If you haven't already, may I suggest that you read the Office of the State Auditor's webpage where they publish their findings and reports.
There are many local issues that I believe could be raised to the attention of our Office of the State Auditor.
Among a few are: Is it within the scope of the authority of the NH County Commission to spend taxpayers money in pursuit of the appeal to the improperly applied amotion proceedings against Commissioner Berger?
Did the Wilmington City Council act reasonably in its expenditure of taxpayer funds for the numerous studies on the feasibility of the proposed baseball stadium?
Why does the Wilmington Film Commission exist separately as an agency instead of being a department within the municipal government concerned only with the issuance of permits and the collection of fees? The present commissioner functions an industry lobbyist, not as a public official. Why do Wilmington's taxpayers pay his salary?
The Board Chair of the CFPUA is an ex city council member who couldn't win reelection. Do his ties with commercial real estate and developers represent a conflict of interest?
Why are Wilmington City taxpayers subsidizing Wilmington Downtown and its CEO salary? Any taxpayer funded development agency needs to be concerned with the WHOLE municipality and ALL taxpayers, NOT the "FEW".
How was an exception granted to the Wilmington Housing Authority CEO who in his DWI blew almost three times the legal limit and kept his job (and six figure salary) while a career firefighter had to resign after a twenty six year tenure of service? Aren't the laws governing public employee conduct supposed to be uniformly applied?
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