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City of Montesano issued findings by State Auditor

The Washington State Auditor’s Office has apparently issued two findings over the way the city of Montesano handles its finances. A “finding” means that the independent auditor had found problems between the way the city should be doing its finances and the way state law mandates things be done.

State Auditor officials conducted an exit conference with city officials on Aug. 27. The Vidette asked to attend, but was told it was not a public meeting. Attendance by four council members was needed to make it a public meeting.

In attendance were Councilmen Lyle Powell, Ken Walkington and Tyler Trimble.

City Administrator Kristy Powell confirmed the two findings earlier this week. She said auditor officials had issues with the way the finances were handled with the city’s Public Works Building and the way the city handles the way city employees get paid out of different funds. Last year, the city received a finding because the state Auditor’s Office says that the city of Montesano did not do a good enough job documenting why its deputy clerk, community development director, parks department manager and city administrator were partially funded by utility funds.

Montesano Mayor Ken Estes said on Aug 28 that the findings were still in a “draft” form and would not be released to The Vidette at this stage. The state office is expected to release the findings in the next week to 10 days.