Linda Moore’s Weekly Newsletter

Linda Moore

The weekly newsletter from Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore:

Grafton Township Supervisor’s Weekly E-Newsletter

11/11/2012

Dear Constituents,

Now that the township assessments have been published the township assessors’ office has been quite busy. If you haven’t received your assessment letter, please contact the McHenry County Supervisor of Assessment at 1-815-334-4242.

At the November 8 Board Meeting, the trustees hired a forensic auditor.

This action brings up many questions.

The Trustees won’t approve payment for last year’s audit.

The auditor refuses to start our 2011-12 audit that is now two months past due.

Now they are hoping a forensic audit with no specified total cost will have findings to their liking.

Please read on to gain a better understanding of the situation.

As supervisor, I welcome any audit of the township financials. However, we need to make sure we comply with township and state laws. We also need to conduct business in a logical and fiscally responsible manner. Decisions made in haste are often regretted later.

REGULAR OR FORENSIC AUDIT?

Three years of township records have been audited with no significant concerns found.

This timeline demonstrates the history of audits and gives you some insight into the situation.

  • Fiscal Year 2008-09 Audit completed by Eder and Casella, no significant problems were found.
  • Fiscal Year 2009-10 Audit completed by Evans, Marshall and Pease (EMP), no problems were found.
  • Fiscal Year 2010-11 Audit in draft form, work done by EMP, no problems were found. Despite hiring this auditor, based on the fact that the results of the audit did not reflect their point of view on various issues, the trustees are withholding payment for services and now hope for a more favorable result with a forensic audit.-September 2012, final due date for submission of 2011-12 Audit has passed. In spite of the fact the trustees have chosen an auditor to complete this audit, it cannot be started until the prior auditing firm has been paid.
  • October 2012, delinquent notice received from State Comptroller for 2011-12 Audit.
  • November 8, 2012 Regular Board Meeting the board decides to meet with EMP on November 28th to ask questions about the 2010-11 Audit. The trustees have withheld payment for this audit for about a year.
  • November 8, 2012 Regular Board Meeting, the board votes to hire forensic auditor.

Points of Interest include:

  1. The Trustees directed the supervisor to advance payment to forensic auditor, ECS Financial Services, for services not performed in the amount of $10,000 as a retainer fee toward an unspecified total cost and further specifying the check is to be issued with a 24 hour deadline.  The regular audit for 2010-2011 has an outstanding bill of about $7,000.
  2. Even though the board set a special meeting for November 28th with EMP, the trustees decide to move forward and hire a forensic auditor without paying EMP for work completed.
  3. During this process, the trustees were not willing to define or identify the scope of the forensic audit. Currently the trustees have engages and used township money to have their attorneys, Ancel-Glink, create another set of financial records. Could this be the records the trustees will use for the forensic audit?
    These would not be the official financial records of the township.
  4. The contract had not been presented to the supervisor for review prior to the meeting.
  5. The agenda did not specify that the board would be interviewing auditors or reviewing a contract for a forensic audit.
  6. The trustees have refused invitations to come to the township office to review the QuickBooks financial records. In fact, Trustee LaPorta made this statement on 11-10-12 on a blog:
    “We (trustees) don’t have the time–or the skill–to properly examine the financial records.” He went on to threaten the trustees by saying, “Would you rather be held personally accountable or put in jail for not taking care of the financials?”
  7. The township owes the road district $300,000 which is due in 5 months. We also have a budget that spends $200,000 over the money received.
  8. The trustees are two months late completing the regular audit for FY 2011-12.

As township residents, I would like to hear your ideas regarding this situation.

  • Do you feel it would be best to complete the regular audits before contracting with a forensic auditor? Should the trustees have the time and skill to review QuickBooks records?
  • Should the forensic audit be completed before we pay the vendor?
  • Would the money be better spent paying our loan to the road district when it is due?

DEADLINE TO FILE PETITIONS FOR TOWNSHIP OFFICE

If you would like to run for township office you should be circulating your petition for candidacy. It is due to be filed starting the week of November 19th, through November 26, 5 pm, if you are to be part of the Republican Primary on February 26th. All elected offices are up for re-election and the term of office is four years. I encourage anyone who is concerned about the state of Grafton Township to throw their hat in the ring and become part of the future of Grafton Township.

Linda Moore, Grafton Township Supervisor


Comments

Linda Moore’s Weekly Newsletter — 31 Comments

  1. Replace the do nothing trustees and get on with it. How long will the trustees cry because they did not get their new playpen? This is the only reason they are acting like babies or maybe they aren’t acting.

  2. Linda, all of your stone walling with the financials lead taxpayers to think you have something to hide. Open up the townships books and prove us wrong.

  3. Maybe the board should pay the accountant for the two audits that are already complete.

    Have you looked at the numbers for how much this board of trustees has cost us?

  4. Zorro: three and a half years later and mopes like you are still carrying the torch about a town hall.

    There are far bigger issues at hand — like mismanaged financials — and you still cannot focus on the important issues.

    Does that mean you are willing to overlook the current financial disarray (which has been ongoing for 3.5 years) to lament the town hall?

    Maybe you can wrap your mind around this and find something to latch onto:

    FOR 3.5 YEARS, OUR TAX DOLLARS CONTINUE TO BE UNACCOUNTED.

    Why is that acceptable to any Grafton resident and Moore publicist? Anyhting for a buck?

  5. To Mr.Geesh!…It sounds like Ms. Moore has opened her books.

    The last 3 years in fact and still nothing wrong.

    Hmm…

  6. But Stan,

    Our tax dollars have been accounted for.

    The auditor is the same auditor that was there before Ms. Moore took office.

    The real question is, why won’t the board pay for those audits?

    Oh, I know, there isn’t anything sinister or evil going on, much to the chagrin of the trustees.

  7. 1. The primary difference between financial and forensic audits lies in the purpose of the audit. A financial audit confirms the validity of a company’s financial records, providing investors and creditors with confidence in the financial information. Forensic audits relate directly to an issue defined by the audit client. This issue may involve employee fraud or a dispute with a vendor or customer. The auditor’s report must meet the standards for presentation in court.

    It’s an audit none the less, now who is holding up the process!!

    2. EMP should have meet with the board and answered questions sooner and they would have already been paid.

    3. If the trustees are showing anything to their lawyers it’s copies of what you provide to them during the meeting. Creating more drama in your accusation, Linda.

    4. You have the contract now and had 24 hours to review it.

    5. The agenda is not posted anywhere so I’ll refrain from comment.

    6. You are the Treasurer and you should be qualified and trained in using Quick-Books. Seems to me that you lack the knowledge to take funds out of the proper budgeted area. I think the trustees are correct in approving a forensic audit.

    7. The due date for the Road District is in 5 months, why does it need to get paid now? Please provide proof that the township spends more than received when making allegations.

    8. As you are the Treasurer, what month did you put the topic of getting the audit approved on the agenda?

    Do you feel it would be best to complete the regular audits before contracting with a forensic auditor? I thought all the audits were complete, didn’t you submit them to the state already?

    Should the trustees have the time and skill to review Quick Books records? You are the Treasurer and should be qualified to do you job without a babysitter. Review of the books should be left up to a professional auditor.

    Should the forensic audit be completed before we pay the vendor? It is common practice to pay a retainer fee and considering the fact that you don’t pay approved bills, I don’t blame the firm for requesting money up front.

    Would the money be better spent paying our loan to the road district when it is due? We would have to pay for an audit anyway, it’s just a shame that there is no trust in you to complete your job correctly.

  8. Chris,
    As supervisor, I welcome any audit of the township financials. However, we need to make sure we comply with township and state laws. We also need to conduct business in a logical and fiscally responsible manner. Decisions made in haste are often regretted later.

    1. The “client” has not defined the issue or scope of the audit. Without doing this, how do they know when the job is complete?

    2. The trustees just recently paid EMP for the 2009-10 audit that was complete almost a year ago.

    3. The trustees attorneys have charged the township for FOIA requests of the township bank statements, check images, check stubs and other financial records. The bill makes it clear they are creating a second set of township financial records.

    4. I am not aware of any township code that allows for payment of services before they are performed.

    5. The trustees duties, along with the supervisor, require ensuring that adequate funds are available in budget line items before approving the payment of a bill. If an errors are made in this process, then the board needs to work together to correct the errors. Simple accounting errors of this nature do not justify a forensic audit, just diligent board members that work together to get the job done.

    6. We need to pay $300,000 in 5 months. If we do not plan to pay this, perhaps even start paying it in monthly increments, where will the money come from?

    7. The auditor’s bill has been on the list of bills for almost a year now. They are one of ten vendors that the board would not approve payment for out of 30 vendors on the bills list this month. Its time to get the bills paid.

    8. The audit that is two months late is the 2011-12 audit. It hasn’t even been started. We have three audits that have been completed, one of which the board refuses to pay, even though the hired them.

    9. The trustees have a fiscal responsibility to the taxpayers. QuickBooks is the software the township uses to produce reports for the board meeting.

    10. Common practices isn the business world are not necessarily allowed by statute in township code.

    11. You are right we do have to pay for an annual audit anyway. I just wish the board would pay for the one that is done, so we can start the one that is now two months late for 2011-12.

    12. Agendas items submitted by the supervisor are summarily striken by the trustees or not included at all by the clerk.

  9. Amazing how now the $500,000 payment is a concern.

    Isn’t that approximately the lump sum amount due to the attorneys whom have been involved in all your instigated lawsuits?

    You didn’t seem worried about it then, but now all of a sudden that you have a new image consultant, a flashy red blazer, a new hair-do, you only now are concerned about a $500,000 payment.

    Amazing, utterly amazing.

  10. Stan,

    You are $200,000 off in your comment. We owe the road district $300,000.

    I will be addressing the legal bill in detail soon.

    Thank you for the compliment on my regular haircut and a polyester blazer, I think it cost about $50. I don’t know of any image consultant, are you offering?

  11. Linda, why have you maid so many errors with your bookkeeping?

    Moving cash from line item to line item “willy nilly” does not foster confidence in your abilities in managing our money.

    I fear audits performed during your tenure are questionable at best and like the Forensicon report, will never see the light of day.

    Why have you prevented Forensicon from being paid in full?

    I know, you will say “a judge told you to pay xxx amount.”

    Payment in full was approved by the trustees.

    Why are your refusing to pay Forensicon?

    The voting public sees that you are blocking release of their report.

    I applaud the trustees for not authorizing certain items that you have presented for payment.

    Among other things, why should Grafton taxpayers be on the hook for your “Washington After Dark” tour?

    Why did you buy a sound system for the township?

    Previous supervisors rented that equipment for the annual meeting.

    Did you attend the TOI Conference in Springfield this weekend?

    If so, is this jaunt on YOUR dime?

  12. Linda,

    What is the township and state law that we must comply with? I think it is completely logical to have a forensic audit when the trustees and taxpayers do not agree with your fiscally irresponsible manner.

    1. We have not seen a copy of the audit contract, so how do we know the scope of the audit was not defined.

    2. The trustees have been asking to meet with EMP for the 2010-11 audit to go over issues that they have with the scope of work. If EMP would have been more available to answer their questions they would have received payment.

    3. Under the Freedom of Information Act, the trustees attorneys have the right to request township bank statements, check images, check stubs and other financial records. Most likely they are trying to make sense out of nonsense, not build a second set of financials. I bet they saw what a mess everything is and advised a forensic audit.

    4. If you are not aware of a township code allowing a retainer then what’s the problem?

    5. If correction of errors become a theme at every board meeting, then I too would be concerned someone was up to no good and would want a forensic audit.

    6. You are the treasurer and should know were the money will come from.

    7. I’m sure the board has reason not to pay the bills for the 10 vendors described. If things were purchased with out board approval the bill’s should not be paid.

    8. I think the board is trying to start the audit by entering into a contract for a forensic audit, stop holding up the process and it can be completed. Once again, if EMP would answer questions, the bill would be paid.

    9. Quick Books is the software the township uses to produce reports and all the data is inputted by whom? The treasurer!!!!

    10. So what is the township code?

    11. You stated a meeting is in place for Nov. 28th between the trustees and EMP. I’m sure once the trustees questions have been answered the bill will get paid.

    12. You still did not answer the question, what month did you place this topic on the agenda? What month did is get striken by the trustees or not included at all by the clerk?

  13. The Illinois township code can be found on the Internet – not that anyone (including the Trustees read it or want to follow it.)

    Moore has read it as have judges and lawyers.

    Seems to me that one of the Township code “deals” is that the Trustees are supposed to go into the Township Office and look at the bills or whatever there.

    From what I understand, they were offered very reasonable different days and times to come in – but they chose not to.

    Requests by FOIA were not necessary and wasted the time of the Supervisor and/or her staff.

    Also, didn’t the Trustees want direct computer access from their locations to the Township books – and the Judge said NO. (Wise man!)

    That was during the early time when they hired someone to do the Supervisor’s stuff – the judge said NO to that too.

    The cooperation by the Trustees isn’t exactly terrific in my opinion.

    Didn’t one Trustee say she worked on some financial info or do deposits or something when Mr. Rossi was the Supervisor?

    Seems to me that is in the court records.

    I would think that crossed the line. It defeats the purpose.

    It’s one reason there are separate duties.

    So now, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if the Trustees are trying to create their own set of books.

    Some of the people in the world whether they are personal or political have even decided to deride Moore’s appearance for the entire time she’s been in office.

    Can’t please those people.

    They crab about things no matter which side of the attire question or hairstyle question she is on.

    They aren’t funny, however, they are bullies.

    Heck, isn’t there a local official who used to or does hit the drink too much?

    Why aren’t there spiels about him?

    Oh, right, Moore is a woman and the catty talk about her comes from a lot of those who think it’s okay if it’s a woman.

    As to the agendas, they are a joke.

    Since when should the Trustees block what Moore puts on the agendas?

    They are essentially acting like four Supervisors.

    That’s not what they were elected to do.

  14. 5:44 pm

    Heck Aileen, what are you talking about?

    Your’e fine with there being NO checks and balances for the township finances?

    You ought to know better!

    “Trustees’ were formerly titled “auditors” as their job is to be the financial watchdogs of the township finances.

    You can bet your azz that Linda’s actions have prompted all of the trustees to study and know the township code.

    Didn’t Linda hire the attorney that wrote the code?

    I do believe her firm provides legal counsel to the board.

    That attorney really knows her stuff!

  15. Chris,

    Please look up Dillion’s Rule, it states that if township is not given a power by law, we do not have the power.

    A forensic audit is no substitute for the regular annual audit.

    I hope that you are right, that the trustees approve paying the auditor, of course, they will need to verify that there is money in that line item first.

  16. LLL, if you are attempting to determine who an anonymous post is written by, maybe you shoud post under your name.

    Are you running for township office?

  17. God Linda …. just go away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We DON’T want you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. How about the fact that the supervisor cannot add 1 + 1.

    How do you transfer money of $1,000.00 to a line item that already had $1,000.00 and come up with a budget line item of $1,000.00?

    Should the line item not be $2,000.00? The other one had $500.00 in the line item and $1,000.00 was transferred in so then the balance would be $1500.00 not $1,000.00.

    Simple math.

    heard the supervisor say she is not a mind reader and that she wanted the trustees to tell her what the balance of that line item should be.

    WHAT!!!!!

    I can see the need for a forensic audit.

  19. Linda, The only thing I’m attempting is to find out what your are doing with OUR money.

    I’m NOT running for your current job or any other township position.

    Please try and follow along and answer a few question for a concerned taxpayer.

    Why are you blocking the Forensicon report?

    Are you/did you attend the TOI Conference held these past few days? Did you bring our sound system to Springfield for them to use during TOI?

    Are you still buying stamps?

    What’s the REAL reason you dumped Attorney Krafthefer?

  20. You haven’t accomplished much during your term Mrs. Moore.

    Is this why all of your former supporters aren’t supporting your reelection bid?

    Why are Ziller and Halat creating a slate of candidates including a person that will run against you?

  21. @Bo Bohart, glad to hear Ziller and Halat are doing what you said in creating their own slate.

    So, as I expected, there is going to be a 4th supervisor candidate in the election?

    It all starts Monday with petition filing at Grafton Township hall!

  22. “When will government leaders understand that transparency is your best defense? Lack of it builds mistrust.” Daily Herald 11/13/12

  23. Response to Supervisor Linda Moore’s Newsletter of 11/11/12.

    Moore’s ‘newsletter’ unfortunately but not surprisingly, contains lies and distortion of facts

    1. Trustees have not approved payment to auditor for last year’s audit.

    A. The final audit was never completed; only a draft was received nearly one year ago. And since then, no work has been completed by Audit Partner Thermen. The draft cannot be approved without presentation by the auditor and the discrepancies found in the draft of prior audit are resolved and accepted.

    B. Moore and audit partner Paul Thermen have continually refused to meet with trustees after several requests for almost a year.

    C. Auditor Partner Paul Thermen (www.empcpa.com) at the direction of Moore, according to Thermen’s secretary refused to:

    i. Reply to Trustee’s emails

    ii. Reply to Trustee’s voicemails and messages with Thermen’s secretary.

    iii. Meet with Trustees to review Current Draft, and Final Report of Prior Audit to explain Why Thermen changed contents of the management letter at Last Minute.

    2. Fiscal Year 2009-10 Audit completed by Evans, Marshall and Pease

    A. This audit did not list any material problems regarding this audit.

    B. The audit Partner, Paul Thermen, in the view of the board did not adequately address the multiple pages of concerns that the Trustees, Road District, and Assessor sent to him within the audit or audit report.

    C. Thermen’s reasoning towards not fully addressing these concerns was that they were “not in the scope” of his audit, even though they were brought to his attention. That expanded board policies and procedures should be completed. His response was that some of these concerns would require an expanded detailed or forensic audit.

    3. Auditor Refusal to begin the 2011-12 Audit – Now 2 Months Past Due

    A. The Board never appointed or approved an auditor for 2011-12. If Moore signed a contract with an auditor for a 2011-12 audit, she did so without bringing it to the board or getting approval from the board.

    B. Contracting with an auditing firm for the 2011-2012 audit without the knowledge and consent of the board would be another act by Moore, not backed by any statute for which the supervisor may be held accountable.

    C. For over one year, trustees have repeatedly asked Supervisor Moore to have the auditor complete the prior year and meet with board to present its final report. Moore and Thermen refused each month. See minutes as proof.

    4. Forensic Audit cannot begin until prior audit is completed and paid.

    A. False. Forensic audits can be ordered at any point in time. Contact the appointed forensic auditor and certified fraud examiner for confirmation of the board’s authority to initiate a forensic audit.

    B. An annual audit and a forensic audit are totally separate from each other and initiated for very different reasons.

    5. Trustees had their Attornies Ancel-Glink create another set of financial records.

    A. It is not within the scope nor ability of Ancel Glink to deliver a “new set of books.”

    6. The Forensic Audit contract was not presented to Moore for review prior to meeting.

    A. There was no “contract” to review given to the board prior to the November meeting. The board didn’t have a contract to review until the board meeting when each prospective forensic auditor made their presentation.

    B. Two forensic auditing firms attended the meeting and each gave a presentation about their firm, the staff that would work the audit, their experience with townships and government entities, the scope of a forensic audit and the amount of retainer it would take to begin. Repeated failure of the supervisor to provide trustees with accurate, timely, consistent and complete financials is what led up to initiating a forensic audit. Within the Trustee’s Operation Manuel, page #6 “Trustees also have been entrusted with a vital fiscal responsibility to determine, allocate, and oversee the expenditure of public funds”. We are attempting to complete the duties of our Trustee role.

    7. The agenda did not specify board would be reviewing auditors or contract for forensic audit.

    A. Agenda Item 8B. “Discussion and Potential Action to conduct a forensic audit and hire a forensic auditing firm.”

    8. Quote from blog stating trustees do not have skill to examine financial records.

    A. As sometimes occurs in the press, this was misquoted. It should have stated trustees do not have the skills to complete a forensic review of the financials.

  24. Thank you so much Mr. LaPorta for your response.

    I am so tired of people blaming the trustees for the current situation with the township. Linda Moore and Linda Moore ONLY is responsible for it!!! Plus her farm buddies who only care about Senior Bingo.

  25. 11/14/20122

    REGULAR OR FORENSIC AUDIT?

    Dear Readers,
    I am responding again with hope of resolving this issue.

    Regular Audit

    EMP has completed their work and provided the board with their opinion confirming that the township’s finances are being handled in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles and statutory mandates. EMP did review the pages of concerns submitted by various township officials and determined that they were not significant to the findings of the audit.

    The EMP contract did not include terms that include attending meetings or having ongoing emails and phone calls from various elected officials. EMP has presented both year’s audits at a Special Meeting Aug. 25, 2011, and will again attend a board meeting this month. They have exceeded the contract requirements.

    EMP conducts the audit of School District 158 which is more involved than the township’s audit. EMP is a very busy and reputable firm.

    The trustees approved payment for EMP’s 2009-2010 audit, but not for EMP’s 2010-11 audit.

    The Board has not approved an auditor for FY 2011-12 even though the audit must be completed within 6 months of the end of the fiscal year and is now two months delinquent. This needs to be done ASAP.

    Forensic Audit

    A forensic audit does not replace the regular audit. You stated, “Forensic audits can be ordered at any point in time. Contact the appointed forensic auditor and certified fraud examiner for confirmation of the board’s authority to initiate a forensic audit.” Is the vendor the best source of unbiased information regarding the authority of the trustees to hire them?

    The trustees want me to prepare, sign and deliver a check for $10,000. However, I cannot exceed my authority. I can only do what the statutes give me the power to do. The litmus test for auditing bills is in the Trustees Operations Manual on Page 21. Specifically question #2, Were the services or material received? The answer is no. We do not pass the litmus test for approving this bill.

    It is interesting to note that Trustee LaPorta does not dispute that the trustees hired Ancel-Glink to create a second set of township financial records. Was this a frugal use of tax dollars? How will we know that the Forensic Audit would not be conducted using this second set of financial records that were created by the trustee’s attorneys?

    Trustee LaPorta stated, “There was no “contract” to review given to the board prior to the November meeting. The board didn’t have a contract to review until the board meeting when each prospective forensic auditor made their presentation.” It is not responsible for the trustees or supervisor to sign a contract without performing the due diligence of reviewing it prior to the board meeting.

    It is the duty of the trustees, not a hired forensic auditor to audit the expenditure of public funds. The trustees are attempting to pass on their duties, at a very high cost, while failing to work with the supervisor to submit their questions in writing for a response or coming into the township hall to review the financial records. LaPorta previously stated that he does not have the time to do this duty.

    The agenda did not specify board would be interviewing auditors, pre-paying $10,000 or reviewing a contract for forensic audit. New laws are in place requiring agenda items to be very specific. This item is not specific to these actions. “Discussion and Potential Action to conduct a forensic audit and hire a forensic auditing firm.”

    These three questions remain unanswered:
    •Do you feel it would be best to complete the regular audits before contracting with a forensic auditor? Should the trustees have the time and skill to review QuickBooks records?
    •Should the forensic audit be completed before we pay the vendor?
    •Would the money be better spent paying our loan to the road district when it is due?

    Input from residents of the township would be most appreciated.

    Sincerely,
    Linda Moore, Grafton Township Supervisor

  26. Astute Grafton Township Supervisor Linda -

    Your above response, POSTED on 11/13/2012 at 6:42 pm carries YOUR date of 11/14/20122.

    That’s November fourteenth, twenty thousand and twenty-two.

    Among other things, it’s your attention to detail that has many in the township worried. Properly dating a letter can be taxing; keeping the township books must be a bitc#!

    It’s is cool that you and Dave built a time machine, though.

    Why are you so afraid of a forensic audit?

    “When will government leaders understand that transparency is your best defense? Lack of it builds mistrust.” Daily Herald 11/13/12

  27. Linda – You are really splitting hairs and spending lots of time coming up with reasons NOT to conduct a forensic audit.

    How much will your latest attorney charge the township for counseling your above posted responses?

    Linda sez: “It is interesting to note that Trustee LaPorta does not dispute that the trustees hired Ancel-Glink to create a second set of township financial records. Was this a frugal use of tax dollars? How will we know that the Forensic Audit would not be conducted using this second set of financial records that were created by the trustee’s attorneys?”

    Rob LaPorta wrote: “A. It is not within the scope nor ability of Ancel Glink to deliver a “new set of books.”

    It is interesting following your thought process. It appears your paranoia is getting the best of you.

  28. Halat is a good businessman and knows when to walk away from a losing investment. Bye, bye Linda.

  29. Again Moore is twisting the facts.

    Mis-quoting in order to deflect, deflect, deflect.

    How much is $1,000.00 + $1,000.00?

    As far as Halat walking away from a bad investment – how about coming to a meeting and blasting the supervisor like he used to do to the trustees.

  30. Please note to be very clear what the prior Auditor, Evans, Marshall & Pease stated – although not detailing any specific material weaknesses in the financial statements, they did identify certain deficiencies in Internal Control, which they consider to be material weaknesses.

    They went on to state that ” A material weakness is a deficiency or a combination of deficiencies in internal control, such that there is a reasonable possibility that a material misstatement of the entity’s financial statements will not be prevented, or detected and corrected on a timely basis”.

    They highlighted 10 such internal control weaknesses.

    Thus the Trustees’ decision to hire a Forensic Auditor which can/will identify, disclose, and correct such Financial Statement issues that may be contained in the Township’s financials as Evans, Marshall & Pease so noted as a possibility.

    The Internal Control weaknesses are expected to be discussed in the upcoming Special Meeting with them on Wednesday, November 28th at the Huntley Park District at 7:30pm.

    Best Thanksgiving Wishes.

    Rob LaPorta
    Grafton Township Trustee

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