Grantville working to improve audit status

by W. Winston Skinner

Grantville is making progress on getting its financial house in order.

Councilwoman Rochelle Jabaley noted “some of the findings on the audit” show promise as the city works to get an up-to-date financial picture. The city has been working to have its audits approved by the state.

Not only is having a clean, up-to-date audit considered good business practice, many grant programs require a current audit as a starting point.

“All of our findings for 2007, 2008 and 2009 have been accepted by the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts,” noted Councilwoman Selma Coty. Because of “a slight glitch,” the 2010 audit has been sent back to the city’s accountant, she said.

“We are now two years behind on our audits,” Coty noted.

“We desperately want to complete that this year if at all possible,” Jabaley said.

Coty noted there has been a problem with the city’s records as regards property taxes, which are collected by the county. 

“No procedure was in place to account for our property taxes. There was no paper trail,” she said.

In March, Coty talked with Coweta Tax Commissioner Tommy Ferrell about the issue. She said Ferrell is willing to provide the city with “a spread sheet that we could reconcile with the amount of taxes that have been billed, the amount of taxes that have been received by the county tax commissioner’s officer and the amount of taxes we have received.”

Coty also said the city must do a separate budget for its Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax projects.

Jabaley said she wants to move the audit process forward quickly. 

“I will personally discuss that with the city manager and get a response,” she pledged.

Coty said keeping up with what is happening in the city financially is also a need. 

“Going forward, we probably need to set up a review every six months... so that we don’t get written up again,” she said.

The council usually meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the council chambers in the Glanton Municipal Complex. This next week, the meeting has been moved to Tuesday because of Memorial Day.

The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m.




More Local

Fall fests, Halloween events on tap

The last weekend before Halloween arrives Saturday, and there are loads of Halloweenish things to do in the local area. Some of them are buc ... Read More


Four arrested for using fake $100 bills

Four men are possibly facing federal charges after attempting to use counterfeit $100 bills at The Home Depot on 1100 Bullsboro Drive. Robe ... Read More


Rape trial resumes today

The fate of accused rapist Benjamin Gray will be in the hands of the jury today. Closing arguments in the sleepwalking rape trial are schedu ... Read More


Perdue: broad energy policy needed

Campaigning in Newnan on Thursday, U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue said the nation needs a broad energy policy – one that includes ... Read More


Passenger injured in 2-car wreck on Hwy. 29

A Newnan man was seriously injured in a crash Thursday at Hwy. 29 and Weldon Road. James Hand was taken to Atlanta Medical Center by Coweta ... Read More

County delays retirement plan changes

A decision on an amendment to the retirement plan for county employees that would allow employees to participate in both the old pension pla ... Read More