Inside audit leads to for Augusta mayor’s bank card spending

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – The outcomes are in for an inner audit investigating the Augusta mayor’s bank card spending. It comes after our I-Staff began asking questions on how the cash spent was being tracked.

These 11 pages embody all of the findings of the mayor’s inner audit. The official presentation will happen tomorrow however we obtained this superior copy the identical day as commissioners. Earlier than the outcomes even attain chambers commissioners are already break up on what the discovering means.

The outcomes are in.

“One factor that I imagine the audit will do is present that there was no wrongdoing…,” mentioned Commissioner Dennis Williams, District 2.

After our I-Staff discovered Mayor Davis spent $40,000 final yr. In response he requested an inner audit of his workplace by native accounting agency SME-CPS.

In line with the findings the mayors workplace was $64,000 underneath finances in 2020. Usually all bank card receipts had been accounted for apart from minor purchases and no buy violated state or county code.

“It’s fantastic, its been all alongside what the mayor mentioned it had been…,” mentioned Commissioner Williams.

Commissioner Williams say the outcomes of this audit ought to ease considerations.

“As a result of we all the time fast to imagine the unsuitable as a substitute of the precise,” he mentioned.

However others say questions nonetheless linger.

In line with the primary web page, the auditor says “We we’re not engaged to, and didn’t conduct and audit.”

“To name this an audit after which come out and say we didn’t conduct an audit was fairly complicated to me,” mentioned Commissioner Brandon Garrett, District 8.

The audit additionally discovered a number of invoices from LC Studios exceeded the $5,000 threshold as outlined by metropolis procurement coverage. The mayor spent over $24,000 with LC Studios.

The procurement workplace additionally prefers native distributors. LC Studios relies in Florida.

“Wanting on the LC Studios expenditures, and the truth that the auditor picked up the that it exceeded procurement procedures, actually reveals me that the mayor’s workplace additionally ought to have recognized these procedures,” mentioned Commissioner Garrett.

The findings beneficial town enact a bank card utilization coverage which they do have now. And it beneficial the mayor’s workplace present receipts for all transactions and use a bank card transmittal kind.

We reached out to the auditor for extra clarification. We didn’t hear again. However the firm will current the findings intimately and reply any questions that commissioner could have throughout tomorrows assembly.


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