Allegan district praised by auditor for 2013-14 budget

Ryan Lewis, Editor

Allegan Public Schools closed the books on another year, earning praise from accounting firm Maner Costerisan Monday, Nov. 10, on the 2013-14 budget.

“You folks do great job here,” said Bruce Dunn, director of the firm’s auditing services. “(The audit) says your financial reporting was presented fairly. It’s what’s known as an unmodified report.”

Dunn pointed to two areas where the strength of the district’s financial team had shown through.

“In your general fund, you’re basically breaking even,” he said. “We work with more than 70 other districts and half of them can’t say that. Over half of them have made significant use of their fund balance.

“Your weather costs were astronomical, the utilities, the snow removal—(despite that), you’re right where you need to be.”

District business manager Amy Christman had previously reported costs for utilities and snow plowing rose by more than $250,000 due to last winter’s hard hit.

Dunn also said the district’s recent bond project went well, given the amount of planning and extra reporting the project demanded.

For full story, pick up a copy of the Nov. 13 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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