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County Council set to zero auditor's nonreverting fund

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The Porter County Council will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, at 5:30 p.m. specifically to reduce the appropriation in the non-reverting fund under the auspices of the County Auditor’s office.

The Council at a meeting in March voted 5-2 to put over $600,000 of the funds into an “unallocated” Council fund in order to gain some accountability of the money. The auditor would now have to come to the Council and request to use the money. The money had been collected from reconciliations on fraudulent homestead exemption credits as part of the total quality management program.

County Auditor Robert Wichlinski then said there was no such thing in the County budgets as an unallocated non-reverting fund and questioned if the move was feasible under the guidelines of the Department of Local Government Finance or the State Board of Accounts. The motion the Council should have taken would be to reduce the allocation to $0, Wichlinski said.

The Council at a later meeting on March 26 decided it would hold a meeting on April 10 specifically to make the reduction.

Also on the agenda is a request by the auditor’s office for an additional of $225,250 to contractual services from five contracts that met the approval of the County Commissioners last week.

The Council will meet in Suite 205 of the County Administration Building located at 155 Indiana Ave. in Valparaiso.







Posted 4/9/2013