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State auditors give SVID another clean audit report

For the ninth year in a row, the Sunyside Valley Irrigation District (SVID) has passed its Washington state audit with no findings.

In an audit report issued Feb. 11, Washington State Auditor Brian Sonntag said his staff had found no areas which could be considered material weakness in the irrigation district's financial report and internal control systems.

The audit covered the time period from Jan. 1, 2002 through Dec. 31, 2003. Sonntag said SVID has complied with state law and regulations and its own policies and procedures in the areas examined by state auditors.

Sonntag's staff determined the District's internal controls were adequate to safeguard public assets, which include overseeing the district's $6.2 million annual budget and its 70 full-time employees.

SVID, which was formed in 1906, provides irrigation water to approximately 6,500 fruit growers and other irrigation water users covering 86,000 acres in Lower Yakima County, as well as a portion of Benton County.

The irrigation district is overseen by five board members with Doug Simpson as board chair and Jim Trull as district manager.

While state auditors did not examine every portion of SVID's financial activities, they did evaluate the district's accountability for cash receipting, general disbursements and payroll, billing and accounts receivables and general ledger and journal entries.

Auditors also audited the district's compliance to the Open Meetings Act, bid laws, credit card and travel expenses, as well as conflict of interest issues.

The auditors also examined cash and investments, revenues, expenses, property and equipment accounts, overall presentation of financial statements and payables.

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