Li­brary au­dit: it’s about time

Penticton Herald - - LETTERS -

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


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