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Auditors give Housing Authority glowing marks

Executive Director Ketha Kimbrough and the board of commissioners for the Sunnyside Housing Authority are quite proficient at dotting all the i's and crossing all the t's.

Yesterday, the Washington State Auditor's Office reported no findings in the audit conducted of the Housing Authority for the period of Jan. 1, 2003 through Dec. 31, 2003.

State auditors said Housing Authority officials complied with all state laws and regulations, as well as their own policies and procedures in the areas examined by the state. Auditors added that internal controls were adequate to safeguard public assets.

State officials also noted that they appreciated the Housing Authority's prompt attention to resolve prior audit issues.

The City of Sunnyside formed the Housing Authority in September 1943. It has grown to where now the Housing Authority operates 289 units for low income, retired and farmworker individuals who meet eligibility requirements. The agency operates on an approximate $1.8 million budget each year. Kimbrough currently serves as the Housing Authority's executive director. The board of commissioners include Keith Sattler, Don Engel, Melba Fujiura and Elizabeth Raab. The Housing Authority employs 28 people.

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