Village of Lyons Falls - Board Oversight (2018M-174)

Issued Date
December 28, 2018

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Audit Objective

Determine whether the Board provided adequate oversight to ensure Village funds are properly accounted for and safeguarded.

Key Findings

  • The Board did not adequately segregate financial duties and did not provide sufficient oversight or compensating controls such as designating someone to review bank reconciliations and other supporting documentation.
  • The Treasurer, Clerk and a Board member shared passwords accessing the computerized central accounting records and the water and sewer program.
  • The Board did not annually audit the Treasurer’s books and records.

Key Recommendations

  • Segregate the Clerk’s and Treasurer’s financial duties or implement compensating controls such as periodic reviews of bank reconciliations, payrolls, trial balances, and water and sewer adjustment reports.
  • Assign separate usernames and passwords and restrict user access to only those individuals needing access to perform their job duties.
  • Annually audit the Treasurer’s records.

Village officials generally agreed with our recommendations and indicated they planned to initiate corrective action.