Trustee’s Office gets 100 on audit
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Oct 24, 2013 | 446 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The Bradley County Trustee’s Office has received a 100 percent positive audit for the sixth consecutive year.

County Trustee Mike Smith said he is “very proud” of his department.

“I wouldn’t trade our accounting people for anyone’s,” Smith said.

The 2012-13 audit was recently completed by the Division of County Audits of the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office, according to a Trustee’s Office press release.

“The tax processing clerks had another outstanding year servicing over 49,000 parcels with 100 percent accuracy,” Smith said. “The accounting division continues to operate at the highest level while monitoring more than $200 million of cash flow and 600 governmental accounts. The excellent accuracy of the accounting division was again proven as they had another year with no year-end adjustments required by the state auditors.”

The audit ensures that accounts are balanced and have not gone into negative numbers. The audit also checks that funds were put in the correct account.

Smith said governmental departments have been helpful in achieving this by letting him know when state or federal funding is coming in.

Smith said knowing where the funding belongs before it comes to his office helps ensure it goes to the correct department.

“My staff and I understand how critical financial accuracy is to both the taxpayers and Bradley County government. We will continue to strive for 100 percent accuracy and to serve Bradley County citizens with the highest regard and respect,” Smith said.

Smith said the department has received a 100 percent positive audit each year he’s been the trustee, except for his first partial year in office.

During those years the Trustee’s Office has changed to embrace new technology and provide more options for citizens. The newest initiative is to work toward making emailed property tax statement available.