Delta grows impatient waiting for municipal auditor report

DELTA – The Corporation of Delta is wondering why a provincial audit into its finances is taking nearly two years to complete after it opened its books for greater public scrutiny.


In May 2013, Delta was selected along with five other municipalities by the newly created office of the Auditor General for Local Government (AGLG) for a performance audit on achieving value for money in operational procurement.


In a press release issued by the Corporation of Delta last week, Mayor Lois Jackson expressed concerns regarding the audit. Although Delta has spent many hours facilitating various provincial audit teams, no recommendations or reports are expected to be released by the AGLG until March 2015.


According to the release, "A key concern from Delta’s perspective is the time taken by the province to conduct this nearly two year performance audit. In comparison, Delta’s independent municipal auditor conducts and


completes its annual audit of Delta’s financial statements, including a formal report to council, within six weeks."


Coun. Sylvia Bishop, who participated in interviews with the AGLG, said she thinks it has been a waste of money to undergo the exercise without a timely report.


Bishop questioned the greater scrutiny of operational procurement, adding the system is already transparent. All procurement items over $50,000 must appear before Delta Council for approval and become part of the public record. As well, each item is accounted for by the finance department, showing where the money is budgeted.


Bishop said she expects the final report will be "glowing" in favour of Delta.


But council candidate Heather King said she welcomes the audit as an "important and objective pair of eyes are needed to scrutinize the inner workings of local government."


King said if all goes well with the audit, then taxpayers can be provided with a sense of comfort that their "hard-earned money is in good hands." If not, then changes may need to be made, she said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Social media a blessing and a curse during time of crisis: B.C. communication expert

‘In moments of crisis, fear is very real and palpable,’ says SFU’s Peter Chow-White

OBITUARY: Sherrold Haddad brought giant Canadian flag to Surrey car dealership, built community

‘An amazing man, business person and community leader,’ friend Bruce Hayne posted to Facebook

COVID-19: Daily update on the pandemic in Surrey, White Rock, Delta and beyond

MARCH 28: Delta council passes bylaw to fine people who don’t socially distance

B.C. is seeing the highest rate of COVID-19 recovery in Canada, and there’s a few reasons why

British Columbia was one of the first to see rise in COVID-19 cases, and has also switched up testing

World COVID-19 update: U.S. expects 100,000 deaths; Oregon declares disaster

Comprehensive update of world news for Sunday, March 19.

No plans to call in military right now to enforce COVID-19 quarantine: Trudeau

Trudeau unveils $7.5M for Kids Help Phone, $9M for vulnerable seniors amid COVID-19

B.C. Ferries passengers staying away, as asked, during COVID-19 pandemic

Ferry corporation says ridership down 70-80 per cent over the last week and a half

Sewers stitch masks to free up supplies for front-line health-care workers

“We have little old ladies sewing up a storm,” said Joan Davis

Experts weigh in on best handling of groceries during COVID-19 pandemic

Study suggests the virus can live for up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to three days on plastic

‘There is community’: B.C. councillor welcomes new baby into world amid COVID-19 pandemic

‘I realize there’s much more than fear and worry… there is hope, there is new life’: Jason Lum

Blue ribbons popping up along streets in Abbotsford in praise of B.C. healthcare workers

Healthcare worker’s family starts local trend of morale support

Earth Hour 2020 kicks off online Saturday night

Action moves online due to COVID-19

Most Read