Editor’s Note: This letter references a story from the Oct. 27-28 Lake Sun.
“Outside audit cites Camden County, again, for significant deficiencies” — I really don’t appreciate reading this kind of news, yet, I have not appreciated it since the 2014 report was released, and here we again  as taxpayers and citizens and voters of the county, along with the county leadership, READING ABOUT IT AGAIN!
Since the 2014 Report, there had to be recommendations, and again in 2015 and now for 2016.
What does the county do? Just read the report and then move on to business as usual and wait for the next bad audit report?
What it infers to me is those in power do not have the training to understand how to put in place policy and operations that will bring the county into compliance.
The problems are the same, so our county government should not be confused as to what needs fixed!
 “internal control documentation and formal fraud risk assessment”
What follows explains a bit what is wrong by definition!
Fraud risk assessment is process aimed at proactively addressing vulnerabilities to both internal and external fraud. b) Identification of fraud risk / prioritization of fraud risk that exist!
Next the big one...
Internal control procedures - falls into seven categories, each designed to prevent fraud and identify errors before they become problems.
Separation of Duties ...
Access Controls ...
Physical Audits ...
Documentation ...
Trial Balances ...
Reconciliations ...
Approval Authority
With our county being negligent in these two major categories, there is no telling what the state audit will uncover and … where the money is going and who gets to decide?
Are we as taxpayers, once the state audit is done and recommendations are made, are we taxpayer going to watch $150,000 disappear and the same mentality of just reading the audit and going back to daily efforts with no fixes being put in place? If so, why spend the $150,000? Our Roads can use the money! And right now based on poor practices, it should be easy to move money to roads!