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Published on December 6th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Richland County Begins Audit of Recreation Commission

(RICHLAND PIO) – An independent audit of the Richland County Recreation Commission began this week to aid Richland County Council in evaluating the management of the property-tax funded agency and scrutinizing its financial practices.

While Richland County helps fund the agency, it does not have management authority over its board, whose members are appointed by the Governor upon recommendation of the Richland County Legislative Delegation. The County sent Gov. Nikki Haley and the members of the legislative delegation letters, informing them of the audit, which was requested by Richland County Council in June following reports of mismanagement and complaints by residents.

Matrix Consulting Group, of Mountain View, Calif., was hired to conduct the review with oversight by the County Administrator’s Office. A final report of its findings is expected in about three months.

“County Council’s main objective in conducting this audit is to ensure taxpayer’s dollars are being used appropriately,” said Interim Administrator Gerald Seals. “County Council wants this review to help develop recommendations for best practices moving forward.”

In addition to requesting the audit of the Commission, Council also froze until further notice Recreation Commission funding that exceeded the state’s minimum requirements for its operations.

“The many services provided by the Recreation Commission enhance the quality of life for our citizens and County Council is fully aware of how important it is to ensure facilities remain open and employees are paid,” Seals said. “However, it is vitally important that the County maintains good stewardship over public funds as we assist the agency in regaining public trust.”

In addition to promoting public transparency, the audit also can serve as an essential tool for members of the legislative delegation to improve the performance of the Recreation Commission while making it more accountable and efficient.

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