The next round of municipal performance audits have been announced by the Auditor General for Local Government, and the City of Cranbrook is not on it.
“At this time last year I announced five performance audit topics as well as the 18 local governments selected for audits under the first three topics,” said Basia Ruta, the Auditor General for Local Government. “While our focus continues to be on audits related to topics one through three, which relate to cost containment, I’m pleased to share that work will begin in the fall for audit topics four and five, which pertain to managing key risks.”
Cranbrook was included in last year’s first initial round of audits, the topic of which was Learnings of Local Procurement Projects and Asset Management Programs. For that category of audit, the auditor general also looked at the City of Rossland, District of Sechelt, District of North Vancouver, City of Dawson Creek and City of Campbell River.
Of those, the auditor general has released a report on the City of Rossland which stated that city did not adequately protect the interests of its taxpayers on spending on capital projects.
The Cranbrook report has not yet been released as of press time.
The new round of audits include a look at local government’s role in ensuring clean drinking water, as well as managing the inherent risk of limited human resources within small local governments. The former includes Kelowna, Okanagan-Similkameen and of Spallumcheen. The later audits Port Edward, Greenwood and Anmore.
The audits are expected to be reported during the fiscal year of 2015/16.