Village of Interlaken - Water and Sewer Financial Operations and Information Technology (2019M-74)

Issued Date
June 14, 2019

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Audit Objective

Determine whether:

  • The Board provided adequate oversight and management of the Village’s water and sewer finances.
  • Village officials adequately safeguarded information technology (IT) assets.

Key Findings

  • The water and sewer infrastructure are in disrepair and the Board did not develop a comprehensive, written multiyear financial or capital plan to address needed repairs.
  • We estimate that, for residents with both water and sewer services, rates would initially increase from a combined $320 per year to about $950 per year to finance new debt for infrastructure repairs and continuing operational expenses.
  • The Board did not develop proper IT controls.

Key Recommendations

  • Develop comprehensive multiyear financial and capital plans that project operating and capital needs and financing sources for a minimum three-to five-year period.
  • Review water and sewer rates to ensure they generate sufficient revenues to finance expenditures and pay for maintenance and infrastructure improvement costs.
  • Develop and implement written IT policies and procedures.

Village officials agreed with our findings and indicated they plan to initiate corrective action.