Because of the significant
amounts of federal funding received by
the town of Pinedale, the type of audit
was stepped up. Despite more stringent
requirements, the town passed the annual
audit with flying colors.
Tim Fixter with the auditing firm of
Fagnant, Lewis & Brinda said during the
Sept. 14 Pinedale Council meeting, he was
able to give the town the highest rating
The town received federal grants of more
than $1.4 million, including upgrades for the
airport and funding from the Environmental
Protection Agency for the Fremont Lake
Study. That kicked in additional auditing rules.
An additional analysis is required on the
town’s schedule of expenditures, which is not
included in a typical audit. This the first year
the town has been mandated to comply.
Fixter said he seldom sees an entity
that has to comply with the more stringent
accounting and audit meet all guidelines on
the first year.
The only significant deficiency was
“multiple manual corrections to various
hourly employees’ compensation.” The
corrections were usually referenced to the
previous payroll period. Employees are paid
to work through the end of the month but the
last few days are estimates.
About two months ago, the council
approved cutting off the pay date several
days early to enable supervisors enough time
to review timecards and have them processed
and paid for the first council meeting of each
In response to the audit, the town’s payroll
will end earlier than the last day of the month.
Town Clerk Maureen Rudnick added that
she is considering going to a two pay periods
each month. As it is, when an employee start
work at the first of a month, it is sometimes
nearly six weeks later before they are
compensated for their first month of pay.