County requests senior center audit

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The Franklin County Senior Citizens Center

Lois Swoboda
Published: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 10:34 AM.

At their regular August 5 meeting, county commissioners called for an independent audit of the Franklin County Senior Citizens Council on the county’s east end, the governing body for the Franklin County Senior Citizens Center.

 “I’ve had a lot of concerns from people,” said Chair Cheryl Sanders, who introduced the discussion. “Sometimes we have to bring things to the front. I feel I would be remiss not to do it.”

She said the county had budgeted for the senior center, with the required 2 percent reduction. “I have had some concerns and complaints from the public that they’re not doing what they told the board they would do for the amount of allocation of money that they have received,” Sanders said.

“I don’t have a bone to pick with anybody. I think in the interest of things, it would be best for us to request an audit of the Franklin County Senior Citizens Council and have it done before October 1 so we can see where the money’s going to.  I would like to see the county auditor, Mr. Ralph Roberson and his group do the audit,” she said.

Commissioner William Massey, whose motion to request an independent audit by Roberson and Associates was approved unanimously, suggested money was missing. “There’s a lot of money gone,” he said. “I’d like to have all the receipts for the roof and everything they spend money on. There was $68,000 in there and it’s gone. ( County Planner ) Alan (Pierce) and I have gone over permits.”

Sanders said “the public is concerned about the forthrightness of the process and any time the public is concerned, we need to have a concern.

“Rather than have a blemish, I’d rather go ahead and just ask them,” she said. “That doesn’t mean they will do it.”



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