The auditing of Porirua City Council’s 10-year plan has shown up a number of ‘‘could do better’’ issues but the council’s chief accountant says criticism should be taken as positive.
Independent audits of council plans is essential to ensure they are complying with legislative and financial reporting standards. Although Ernst & Young signed off on the council’s long-term plan in June, they prepared a letter for the council’s audit and risk subcommittee earlier this month, outlining observations and areas for improvement. During the review, the auditors noted: Some forecast revaluations, development contributions, interest revenue and cash surpluses were recorded incorrectly or not recognised. The impact of this meant the ‘‘big picture’’ was unable to be seen clearly
The ‘At a Glance’ section had a ‘‘tell’’ rather than ‘‘consult/discuss’’ format
The potential impacts of the risk-based approach the council has regarding water and roading infrastructure should have been clearer
A council report noted that key staff resigned in the months leading up to the LTP being prepared, and some of the budgeting software had ‘‘limitations’’.
Cartoon creation: Matthew Cottle, 6, put a foam mattress to good use in making his Spongebob Squarepants costume for Tawa School’s dress as a book character day.