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2012-05-17 / Front Page

2011 Data Now Available for County Audit

Lee County Commissioners selected Anthony Cardiel, CPA, CFE to conduct the 2011 annual audit. A new auditor was selected due to the former CPA firm no longer wanting to perform the audit.

As the Leader reported on April 26, 2012, Doug Thielemann with Urban, Thielemann, Oltmann and Herms, LLP, the CPA firm that has been the County Auditor for several years, said that the data for the audits for 2009 and 2010 were received more than ten months late.

Thielemann said, “With such delays in getting appropriate information, it is impossible to complete a valid audit in a timely manner. Due to these circumstances and the negative publicity for our firm caused by this delay, Urban, Thielemann, Oltmann and Herms, LLP is no longer interested in performing audits for Lee County.”

With the data for FY2011 now available, it is expected that the new CPA firm will conduct the audit and complete it in about 60 days.

The Court also accepted proposals from four accounting firms for auditing the County’s records for the next three years. These proposals were referred to the Investment Committee for their recommendations.

In other action, the Court agreed to double the data capability for the current Internet provider, LiveAir Networks, since a review of the County’s usage over the past several months has exceeded the current limit significantly. With the increasing demands for data transmission, the feeling is that even this increase may not be enough.

The Court granted permission to the Democratic Party to use the District Court Building and the Precinct 3 Building for the Democratic Primary and any possible run-off elections, as well as using the Courthouse or the County Clerk’s Office to process early ballots.

The Court approved sending a letter of support for Keith Hansberger’s Region G Water Planning Board application.

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