As of Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Hood River County Library District has a clean financial bill of health for its first year in operation.
For the fiscal year 2011-12, the auditing firm Pauly Rogers and Co. of Tigard gave the district an unqualified opinion for its financials. This clean audit was achieved despite the district having to create its financial and administrative structures from scratch and under a short deadline.
The library district was created in November 2010 by a vote of the citizens of Hood River County.
Along with creating the district, voters also elected a five-person board of directors.
This board was responsible for creating the underlying structures needed to operate the libraries, including passing a budget, setting up financial procedures, establishing policies, hiring staff, and much more.
These tasks were all accomplished in time to open the three county libraries in July 2011.
Pauly Rogers and Co. issued its findings at the Dec. 18 board of directors meeting.
The firm’s opinion means that the library district has established ample procedures for tracking expenditures, avoiding fraud to the degree possible, and being responsible stewards of taxpayer money.
The full audit and additional budget information about the district may be found at http://hoodriverli-brary.org/about-us/budget.html.