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Audit gets reactions

By Xiomara Levsen | Dec 24, 2013

RIVERSIDE—The audit of the city from July 1, 2006, through Dec. 31, 2012 was released on Friday, Dec. 20.
In the report, state auditor Mary Mosiman said $274,047.90 of paid disbursements was done without prior city council approval; $32,016.94 did not have sufficient documentation; and $10,289.10 was paid without city council approval.
“If you look at the report a lot of things transpired from 2009 to 2011,” said Mayor Bill Poch. “I wasn’t the mayor. Several of the things that was signed off on were the mayor pro tem.”
Poch said after a couple of months of Rogerson working for the city in 2012, things began showing up in the books that weren’t correct.
“Rusty [Rogerson] contacted the state auditor and they decided to investigate his request,” Poch said.
The audit also found $64,061.85 of improper disbursements, including $26,756.35 of unauthorized payments to a third-party administrator for contributions to employees’ Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs); $24,260.01 of improper sick leave payouts;
$4,900.98 for improper vacation payouts; $2,019.20 of improper compensation time payouts; $1,992.11 of improper personal time payouts; $3,702.91 of payments for FICA and IPERS on the improper payouts; $228.99 of sales tax paid on purchases made with the city credit card; $111.78 of late fees, finance charges, and interest payments made on the city credit card; and $89.52 of improper lunch reimbursements.
City Administrator Rusty Rogerson said he is relieved the audit is over with.
“I’m glad it’s over,” he said. “We have been spending a lot of hours providing documentation to the state auditor’s office.”
The report was sent to the Washington County Attorney’s Office, the Attorney General’s office, and the Department of Criminal Investigations, according to the press release from the Iowa auditor’s office.
The Journal tried to contact Washington County Attorney Larry Brock, but he was out of office.

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