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Sarasota News Leader November 2, 2012 sonnel noted that all permit personnel who issue permits are also responsible for collect- ing payments (cash, checks, credit card pay- ments), have access to the system, can cancel and adjust permits and the related charges, and have physical access to the cash safe." In the course of the audit, the report says, staff reviewed fees assessed for a sample of 60 permits issued between Oct. 1, 2011 and July 31 of this year. Commissioner Nora Patterson asked Reid whether there was any mechanism through which he and his administrators could inform the commission about steps being taken to address findings that they acknowledged were Page 18 correct or to point out that a finding was in- correct. "It seems like these [audit findings] just sort of evaporate," Patterson said. "I think it would be good just to provide the board an update on the response to each of these," Reid said. "But, basically, we have been sharing the results of the audits" before they come before the commission, he added. "The desire was to make sure you were aware of all the audits," Reid said. "Most of the items that have been found to date have been issues of minor changes of policy. There hasn't been a major finding." A chart in a July 16 memo from County Administrator Randall Reid to the County Commission shows the status at that time of steps taken to improve Procurement Department practices as suggested by three entities: NIGP, the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing; RSM, the nationally known firm RSM McGladrey; and the Sarasota County Clerk of Circuit Court.

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