NWMN Counties Continue to Resist State Auditor 13 Sep 17

Pennington County Commissioners have rejected a State Auditor’s Office request for proposal and are banding together with other Northwest Minnesota Counties to send a message to the State Auditor’s Office.

The Pennington County Board of Commissioners passed a motion to send a letter formally rejecting the State Auditor’s request for proposal to do the 2016 Audit for Pennington County.

Commissioner Neil Peterson said Tuesday that the move by the State Auditor’s office makes no sense, because the 2016 audit for the County has not yet been completed and that “we need to draw a line in the sand.”

Commissioners also passed a motion officially supporting a letter to the State Auditor’s Office drafted by Roseau County.

The letter has yet to be sent to the State Auditor’s office, but essentially says the State Auditor’s request to re-do audits adds unnecessary costs to Counties for duplicate services.

Auditor / Treasurer Olson says the County has been using the same group to do county audits for more than a decade with no issues.

The State’s Auditor has called 2015 audits of eight area counties “substandard.”

Meanwhile, counties continue to wait on a review by Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles, who has agreed to offer his opinion concerning the audits, done by Hoffman and Associates.