Lee supervisors to bring audits up to date

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By Robbie Ward/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Lee County Board of Supervisors took steps Monday to get county audits current when it authorized an accounting firm to audit county finances for fiscal years 2011 and 2012.
With personnel changes with the county and switching accounting firms, Lee County administrator Sean Thompson said he anticipates having county audits current by September.
“It’s a part of the financial process for grant money and good public assurance,” Thompson said.
Supervisors unanimously approved Monday the Tupelo accounting firm M.M. Winkler & Associates to complete the audits. The same firm completed just this month a fiscal year 2010 audit for the county.
Thompson said the county tries to have audits completed six months after fiscal year ends.
Counties and municipalities are required by state law to be audited each year. Pat Dendy, deputy state auditor, said the state audits a third of counties each year and keeps track of those local governments that take responsibility for the annual accounting.
Dendy said occasionally counties have legitimate delays with switching to different accounting firms but still must have them complete within a reasonable time.
“We keep track on them,” he said.
robbie.ward@journalinc.com