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Auditors: County's Fiscal House in Order

Burlington County gets a clean bill of health from auditors who reviewed the county's accounting of $36.8 million in state and federal funds.

Auditors gave Burlington County’s finances a clean bill of health for the second time this year, this time focusing on the county’s accounting of $36.8 million in state and federal funds in 2011.  

In the parlance of auditors, the audit prepared by Bowman & Company found no “significant deficiencies, material weaknesses, or instances of noncompliance.”

“To put it in plain language, this confirms that our fiscal house is in order,” said Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio. “Our mission has been to reduce taxes and spending, and continue to run programs and services in a fiscally responsible manner. This audit tells us we have accomplished just that.”

Garganio noted freeholders received the results of a general audit three months ago that reviewed the entire 2011 budget and received a similar favorable report.

“The bottom line is that we’re doing more with less, and we’re doing it properly,” he said. “I give due credit to staff for working with the freeholders, to ensure that we are delivering services, and properly accounting for the dollars dedicated to those services.”

A number of county departments and offices receive federal funding, including the Office on Aging, Health Department, Human Services, Solid Waste and Recycling, Community Development, the Prosecutor’s Office, Public Safety and Emergency Management, Engineering and Highway, Transportation, Resource Conservation, Workforce Investment Board, and the Sheriff.  

Information provided by the Burlington County Office of Public Information

John October 16, 2012 at 02:49 PM
oh yea, inflating the prices of the house assessments makes all look good, what a joke market value of houses are 30,000 over priced no wonder they can reduce the rates
Ric October 16, 2012 at 03:25 PM
I agree with John. I also hope the county will release the full report and not just the words they found most favorable. Reading the excerpts in this article is like reading an ad for a movie which just quotes the favorable parts of a critic's review. Sorry, it must be the old auditor in me that would like the full facts. For example, I would certainly like to read Bowman’s recommendations which would be included in the report – that is a standard practice. Inquiring minds would like to know the full facts.
John October 16, 2012 at 06:23 PM
@Ric, thanks for the comment....I think it will be a long time for someone to give out the full report b/c there are things that might be overlooked, lol, like a charger.....

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