Library audit: it’s about time
Dear Editor: When I read the article that the library board was surprised to hear they were being audited (Herald, Oct. 4) I simply said to myself, “It’s about time!”
Does the City have a right to audit an organization that gets substantial funding? Of course. Best practices are that if you’re doing the public’s business, do it in public. The same goes for tourism groups, festival organizers, sports event operators, the SOEC, and so forth that receive funding from the City.
Does the City have an obligation to include and inform that organization from the start of an audit? Of course they do. Nobody likes surprises.
The entity being audited has an obligation to produce whatever documentation is needed to demonstrate that public monies are being used wisely. With that in mind, it is my opinion that the audited entity does not have a right to dictate the terms of reference for any audit (value for money, process, financial or legal compliance, quality, etc.) as long as the terms are objective, even if the audited organization doesn’t like them.
It’s about time the City got media reports like this. Reports like this can only help demonstrate a willingness to openly improve operational efficiencies and effectiveness. It’s also about time we have a new CAO trying to turn things around. Wayne Llewellyn