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Sunnyside given clean bill of health by state auditors

The Washington State Auditor's Office has released its most recent audit findings.

The city of Sunnyside was found in compliance with state laws and regulations, as well as its own policies and procedures.

The auditor's office did note internal control deficiencies in 2006 have caused a continued concern over the preparation of financial statements. As a result, the auditor's office continues to look closely at the financial statements of the city.

"With consistent turnover in key positions there continues to be a concern related to internal controls," the auditor's office noted.

However, there were no findings reported for 2005, 2007 or 2008. The most recent audit report was for 2009 and no findings were reported for that year, either.

City of Sunnyside Finance and Administrative Services Director Byron Olson said, "We have now hired qualified staff to fill those key positions (mentioned by the auditor's office). That should eliminate problems going forward."

The areas examined included payroll, contracts and agreements, credit cards and accounts, travel, the police department, city fire hydrants, general disbursements and conflicts of interest.

The auditor's office said, "In the areas we examined, the city's internal controls were adequate to safeguard public assets."

The city of Sunnyside, too, was found in compliance with federal grant program requirements.

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