Monday, March 8, 2010

City of Southport Audit Now Available

I continue to look through the recently published audits of the State Board of Accounts. For Marion County, an Examination of the City of Southport books is now available. If you are interested in Southport politics, this is a must read.

If you are interesting in audits by the SBOA, their website is a must see. will get you there. The recently released reports a available by clicking the main picture (which says 'Recently Released Audit Reports'. To view the archives, the link is in the lower right hand panel and it says 'Browse Our Audit Reports Online'.


Paul K. Ogden said...

Wow was that a bad report.

Had Enough Indy? said...

I think the SBOA audits could become political cult classics. And the Southport one is definitely a bad one - good for cult classic status, though.

Anonymous said...

what made it bad?

Had Enough Indy? said...

A number of things, but mostly the political sniping that has been the hallmark of Southport's government recently was front and center. It is the first time I have seen three different replies to the findings of the audit, all pointing fingers at the others.

Record keeping seems to have been a shambles, money spent on things not validated by proper receipts, improper advertising of the budget, errors in W-2 forms -- and the list goes on. Then they have a category entitled "Malfeasance, Misfeasance, or Nonfeasance" where they say:

"Theresa G. Matthews and Catherine E. Hildebrand, while serving in the position of Clerk-Treasurer for the City of Southport in 2008, from the information presented for examination, have failed to perform some of the duties of Clerk-Treasurer's office. The Clerk-Treasurer's duties, which were not performed were: filing the required annual financial report; filing a certified compensation report; advertising the budget properly; maintaining financial records suitable for examination; properly completing accurate monthly bank reconciliations; providing evidence to support expenditures; maintaining a complete record of the City Common Council Board minutes; and obtaining and/or recording official bonds at the County Recorder's Office."

That's highly unusual.