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Williston gets good audit news

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By Carolyn Ten Broeck, Editor

 

The news from Williston's independent auditor for the past two years has been a welcomed change from years past.

Instead of long lists of recommendations on what needs to be improved, recent audits are what's done right.

Tuesday night was no exception.

Helen Painter, from the firm of Purvis and Gray, told the city council the opinion of the auditing firm this year is "unmodified."

That's the highest opinion, the auditor can give and it means, Painter said, that the city's finances are clean.

Painter commended Stephen Bloom and Dorothy Tyre, the city's contracted financial gurus and said all accounts were closed in a timely manner and the city was ready for the audit.

Revenues exceeded expenditures in the general fund and the airport fund should come out of its long deficit this year, she said.

More than $1.7 million is held in reserve in the general fund.

Williston is also able to fund its two pension funds almost 100 percent, something that many cities cannot do, Painter said.

Three areas that need improvement are the airport fund deficit; getting the supply inventory computerized rather than the manual paper entries now used and finding out why the city is pumping more water than it is billing.

Last year, the city was losing 25 percent of its water and now it's 29 percent.