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Audits for everyone!

At last night’s meeting, the Stafford County School Board agreed to a contract extension with Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates–the accounting firm that performs their audits. Check Jeff Branscome’s article for more details. The decision more or less guarantees that the county government and school board will continue having separate external audits.

After a decision at their meeting last week, supervisors sent the School Board a letter inviting them to return to a shared external auditor. County Administrator Anthony Romanello (along with supervisors and County Treasurer Laura Rudy) believes that separate external auditors may be the reason a $6.2 million dollar surplus was not detected in county accounts. It’s not the reason it happened, but it might be the reason it wasn’t caught. Basically, it’s the "one hand doesn’t know what the other is doing" theory.

The BoS letter to the School Board is here. It also has an attached email from Walter Kucharski from the Auditor of Public Accounts (Commonwealth of Virginia) questioning whether the School Board has the legal right to conduct an external audit separate from the county.