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Rossland Targeted By B.C.'s New Auditor Of Local Governments

06/03/2013 04:23 EDT | Updated 08/03/2013 05:12 EDT
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Rossland, British Columbia, Canada
B.C.'s newly created Office of the Auditor General for Local Government will examine Rossland's procurement and asset management systems, following a controversy involving a city building inspector who contracted work out to himself.

The scandal erupted when it was revealed a former building inspector with the City of Rossland set up a company in neighbouring Trail and began funneling himself work.

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His company collected some $180,000 of taxpayers money while he was still on the city's payroll. The building inspector resigned when his billing practices were revealed.

"A lot of the people I've talked to are really upset," said Coun. Kathy Moore.

And still others demanded some kind of investigation, like former councilor Laurie Charlton.

"There's been a lot of foot dragging," said Charlton. "Not much has happened since the beginning of the year and other than the request before the auditor general, I haven't seen a lot of action."

A spokesman for the auditor general says Rossland's audit has already begun and a team of accountants will visit the city this year.

"I'd like to see the details," said Charlton. "I'm concerned it might be a superficial rather than a real detailed look the people of Rossland would really like to see."

Other municipalites audited

The audit in Rossland will be complete within a year, but it is not the only city in B.C. under scrutiny for various reasons.

In a release Thursday, the Auditor General for Local Government outlined what municipalities and districts will be reviewed and why, including:

- Audits for achieving value for money in operational procurement include:

  • City of Vernon.
  • Corporation of Delta.
  • City of Revelstoke.
  • Comox Valley Regional District.
  • Fraser-Fort George Regional District.
  • District of West Vancouver.

- Audits of Local Government Capital Procurement Projects and Asset Management Programs:

  • City of Cranbrook.
  • City of Rossland.District of Sechelt.
  • District of North Vancouver.
  • City of Dawson Creek.
  • City of Campbell River.

- Audits for performance in managing policing agreements and police budget oversight:

  • City of Port Alberni.
  • City of Surrey.
  • City of Merritt.
  • City of Williams Lake.
  • City of Victoria.
  • City of New Westminster.