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State comptroller criticizes Fine Fire District

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FINE — The state comptroller’s office in an audit criticized the Fine Fire District for lack of oversight in its financial activities but found no wrongdoing.

The auditor determined that the district’s board had not adopted investment policies or a code of ethics, that its secretary-treasurer did not provide the board with written reports and that she did not maintain required accounts to help track transactions.

The audit found that the board reviewed claims before they were paid but had not conducted an annual audit of the books in more than five years.

It reported the secretary-treasurer did not withhold payroll taxes from her salary and had not issued Internal Revenue Service information returns to affected individuals. The report also faulted her for not maintaining other records and for failing to file the correct annual financial report with the state since 2007.

The board already has taken action to address each of the audit’s recommendations, according to a response filed by Chairman Dean E. Kerr.

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