Sutton receives excellent FY2015 audit
By Robert Fucci
Sutton Town Administrator James Smith received praise from the Board of Selectmen after a private audit of the town’s books for FY15 came back clean. Photo by Robert Fucci SUTTON – An audit of the town’s Fiscal Year 2015 books by a private firm came back clean.
Melanson & Heath presented its findings to the Board of Selectmen during its March 8 meeting and said overall the audit went very well.
“We found the books and records in good working order,” said Allan Goodwin, a representative from the firm. “We are proposing no additional audits. We have no disagreements between the town and the firm.”
Goodwin said the audit was completed at the end of December and apologized for not presenting the firm’s findings sooner.
“In essence, based on our audit, your financial statements are totally in accordance,” he said. “You’re getting a good report from us. Your books and records are in good working order. I like where you are.”
Board Chair David Hall said he was happy with the findings.
“I feel confident with the results we are getting year over year,” he said. “We appreciate the work you do. It’s important work, and we’re happy to have that. But we’re more happy that it comes back clean every year. The town should be happy with results that we have.”
The firm did offer recommendations for future audits, including: establish formal department policies and procedures; have all journal entries receive a second look before being posted to the general ledger; prepare new single audit requirements.
Selectman Jesse Limanek praised the findings and the work done by the town’s financial team, which includes Town Administrator James Smith.
“I’m happy to see the recommendations made are nothing too critical,” he said. “It seems like our financial team is coming to compliance as much as possible.”