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Port of S'side books earn clean bill of health

Calling it a "very clean audit," state auditors praised the Port of Sunnyside's financial record keeping during an exit interview Tuesday morning.

In stating the audit was "clean," Assistant Audit Manager Ann Strand congratulated port officials on a track record of more than five consecutive years with a good audit report.

"Actually it's been since 1964," Port Manager Amber Hansen replied.

Strand said the state audit of port records included financial statements involving items ranging from payroll to credit card vouchers.

The state also examined the port's accountability measures in following state laws and regulations, again finding no issues with port procedures.

During the exit interview, which lasted all of 20 minutes, Strand pointed out one area of recommended improvement in issuing receipts when payments are brought into the payment office.

Strand said the port should issue receipts with a pre-printed numbering sequence. "It's an internal control to track what has come in and deposited," she said.

But even that item, which Audit Manager Susan Remer said was minor, has apparently been remedied.

"We've already implemented the recommendation," Carol Carter, port finance officer/treasurer, told auditors.

Strand and Remer also addressed recommended items from last year's exit interview-improved record keeping of travel expenses and meeting minutes that reflect the purpose of executive sessions-and noted that the port had satisfactorily addressed both issues.

Port Commission President Arnold Martin thanked auditors for their recommendations, past and present.

"If we're doing something wrong we want to find out so we can fix it," he said. Praising port staff, Martin noted, "We have good folks who want to do things right."

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