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Audit reflects positively on city and schools

ELIZABETHTON (Jan 13, 2016) - Elizabethton officials were satisfied to learn that the city and city schools’ audits yielded no findings. Nearly every detail was budgeted appropriately, adjusted when necessary and filed correctly.

This news came at the close of a year which, for the city included two major projects: the addition of a payment center at Hatcher Lane and the transition to a new software in the Electric Department.

“I was really happy that all of that happened and we still managed to make sure that everything was being done properly and to have no audit findings,” said Elizabethton Finance Director Deborah Kessler. “It took a lot of people, not just in Accounting, but with cash collections, the Finance Department, and Purchasing to make sure everything was done appropriately.”

The audit finding in the fiscal year 2013-14 was in the Electric Department regarding work orders, said Kessler. In April 2015 the department changed software from what the city currently uses to a software that is more adaptable for its needs, which Kessler said resolved the previous year’s finding.

“A lot of employees put very hard work into taking care of issues that we’ve had in the past, primarily migrations from different software platforms to new ones, which take a lot of time and detail to work on,” said City Manager Jerome Kitchens.

Read the full article at the Elizabethton Star.