County audit 2018-19

The Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury recognized Coffee County for receiving a clean financial and compliance audit report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2018. State Rep. Rush Bricken presented the certificate to Coffee County Director of Accounts and Budgets Marianna Edinger on Tuesday. Only 12 Tennessee counties received a clean audit.

The Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury has recognized Coffee County for receiving a clean financial and compliance audit report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2018.

State Rep. Rush Bricken presented the certificate to Coffee County Director of Accounts and Budgets Marianna Edinger last week.

“It’s a big deal to get clean state audit,” Bricken said. “Only 12 counties in the state received one.”

Bricken, a former Coffee County commissioner, praised Edinger and all county employees for their efforts, adding they’ve worked hard to earn the honor.

“Edinger, her team and all departments deserved to be commended for helping achieve this recognition,” Bricken said.

Coffee County received an annual audit without any findings. Auditors did not report any weaknesses or deficiencies in government operations of the county.

The audit revealed a strong system that allows for accurate financial reporting and clear checks and balances that help protect taxpayer money.

The residents of the county should be encouraged that county leaders and elected officials are taking their responsibilities seriously, according to Comptroller Justin P. Wilson.

“A clean audit is a good indication that government business is on track,” Wilson said. “I commend all of the elected officials, leaders, and county staff who have committed to provide accountability and reliability in government. This is quite an accomplishment.”

Only 12 of the 90 Tennessee counties audited by the Comptroller’s Office received a clean audit report in fiscal year 2018.

The 12 counties are Coffee, Blount, Fayette, Franklin, Gibson, Lincoln, Loudon, Marshall, Meigs, Putnam, Roane and Sevier.

The 90 Tennessee counties audited by the Comptroller’s Office received a total of 293 findings in fiscal year 2018. This represents an average of 3.26 findings per county. In fiscal year 2017, Tennessee counties received an average of 3.76 findings in their annual audit reports.

The full audi report can be read here

Elena Cawley may be reached via email at ecawley@tullahomanews.com.