Audit Shows California Parks Problems Caught Years Ago

Published On : 2/14/2013 4:10 PM
By : Amy Quinton
From : CCN
Categories : State, Local

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A new audit shows California finance officials first caught accounting problems at the Parks Department in 1999, but it wasn’t resolved until last year.

Lawmakers ordered the audit last year after a hidden surplus of tens of millions of dollars was discovered at the same time the Parks department was threatening to close 70 parks.

Margarita Fernandez with the State Auditor’s Office says the report also couldn’t find any analysis of how Governor Jerry Brown’s administration selected parks for closure.

“They are supposed to consider certain things in making those determinations. So without having that documentation you really can’t tell, did they meet all the requirements or even was it a good business decision.”

The audit shows the department fails to budget and track spending at each park and uses outdated information in estimating operating costs.

Fernandez says the State Auditor plans to release another report later this year that examines staffing issues and vacation buyouts in the Parks Department.

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