St. Paul Boulevard Fire District - Board Oversight (2018M-116)

Issued Date
October 05, 2018

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Audit Objective

Determine whether the Board provided adequate oversight of the District’s financial operations.

Key Findings

The Board did not:

  • Adopt realistic budgets, which resulted in excessive unrestricted fund balance that was not substantiated by planned uses in any fund balance policy or multiyear financial or capital plans.
  • Adopt any information technology (IT) policies.
  • Perform an adequate claims audit and seek competition for professional services.

Key Recommendations

The Board should:

  • Adopt realistic budgets and develop a fund balance policy and multiyear financial and capital plan to reduce unrestricted fund balance for the benefit of District residents.
  • Properly audit claims to ensure each claim has supporting documentation and policies were followed.
  • Require professional services to be acquired through a competitive process.

District officials generally agreed with our findings and recommendations and indicated they have begun to initiate corrective action.