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County receives clean audit

— Okanogan County’s latest state audits indicate there are no significant issues for county officials to address.

Two audits were conducted for accountability, and federal and financial for Jan. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2012. The final reports were released Sept. 23.

In the financial audit, the state Auditor’s Office noted there were “no deficiencies” in the internal controls over financial reporting. The auditors found no material weaknesses or non-compliance issues.

The state reviewed resources and uses for each fund.

Last year’s budget resulted in operating revenues of about $40.3 million and expenditures of more than $34 million, broken down into funds for general purposes, roads, noxious weeds, mental health, jail commissary, county fair, trails, emergency services and more.

The county collected about $5.5 million in property taxes last year, and the road levy collected from unincorporated areas was $3.6 million.

The audit report showed debt in general obligation bonds and revenue bonds as $11.9 million, with a repayment plan scheduled through 2037.

“In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position and results of operations of Okanogan County, for the year ended December 31, 2012,” Auditor Troy Kelley said.

The county received about $2.7 million in federal awards and was in compliance in all areas there as well, he said.

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