Fire District 3 reports clean state audits

SEQUIM — Clallam County Fire District 3 has been given a financial clean bill of health from state officials.

Officials announced Tuesday that the fire district has passed its 2018-19 state audits with no findings.

The audits, conducted by the Office of the Washington State Auditor, included both an accountability and a financial audit.

“The accountability audit is comprehensive, closely examining areas that represent the highest risk of fraud, loss, abuse, or noncompliance,” Fire District 3 officials stated this week.

The auditor, fire district officials said, examined the following areas during this audit period: Accounts payable (general disbursements and credit cards); tracking and monitoring of theft for sensitive assets, such as fuel; and payroll.

“It’s important that our community knows how seriously the District takes the responsibility of utilizing the financial support the community provides,” Fire District 3 chief Ben Andrews said.

“The District continues to work hard to use tax dollar both efficiently and effectively.”

Independent audits are a requirement of all publicly funded agencies in the state. The state auditor’s office notified the district that revenue has exceeded the threshold for biennial audits, starting in 2021, the district will undergo audits annually.

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