Petition Audit Report Town of Bernice Finally Arrives
It has been almost a year since the citizens of Bernice filed a petition for an Investigate audit of the Town of Bernie was to be conducted by the Oklahoma State Auditors office in Tulsa and OKC. Although the investigation has been going on for almost a year, Bernice citizens are anxious to hear the results of this audit and investigation
In accordance with Title 74, Oklahoma Statutes, Section 212, a petition for investigative audit was granted from the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector after their office deemed significant, and a written submittal of ”areas, items and concerns” to be audited.
The petition from Bernice residents asked for an investigation in the following areas:
The Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector’s investigation includes the following areas:
(1) Possible irregularities with regard to Municipal court fines and fees;
(2) Possible irregularities in the expenditure of street and alley funds restricted by statute;
(3) Possible irregularities with regard to the Town zoning ordinances and zoning enforcement;
(4) Possible irregularities with regard to the billing and collection of utility services; and
(5) Possible conflicts of interest by one or more members of the Town board.
A copy of the written submittal to the State Auditor and Inspector’s Office was also submitted to District Attorney Eddie Wyant’s office, and Delaware County District 1 Commissioner Doug Smith.
The written concerns were distributed in late March 2011. Signatures from citizens requesting the investigation and residing in Bernice were returned to the State Auditor and Inspector by May 30, 2011.
During the midst of this investigation, two of the five Bernice board members were removed from office in August for violating Oklahoma Statute, Title 11, Section 8-114. That statute requires training for newly appointed or elected municipal officials covering topics that include: municipal budget requirements, the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act, the Oklahoma Open Records Act, ethics, procedures for conducting meetings, conflicts of interest, and purchasing procedures.This report was posted on the State of Oklahoma State Auditor & Inspector web site, www.sai.ok.gov.
We have reproduced it in its entirety, including response from David Jones, Bernice Town Attorney.
YOU MAY SEE A PDF OF THIS REPORT
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