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Union Township expects audit will be available next month

| Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004

UNION TOWNSHIP - The long-anticipated audit of the township's finances is expected to be released next month.

And when the audit, which is being performed by Brian Walker Associates of Washington, is finally released, it should shed some light on the township's fiscal status.

The township ordered the audit earlier this year because of discrepancies in township records.

At Monday's meeting of the supervisors, several township residents wanted to know the status of the audit.

"We're hoping to have it by the Oct. 11 meeting," said supervisor Linda Levandosky, who chaired the meeting because chairman Walt Lang was absent.

There has been speculation that the audit could find some shortcomings in the township's finances, but Levandosky refused to comment on what she thinks the audit will find.

"I really don't know what to expect because I didn't talk to the auditors that much," she said. "They didn't have any minutes from May to December 2003, so I gave them mine and (supervisor) Steve Parish gave them his, too. That's really the only time I talked to the auditors."

Levandosky admitted that some of the revenues that were expected in the current 2004 budget in the way of building permits have not come in.

She said that there were a couple of setbacks in proposed building projects that have slowed those projects.

"We anticipated a lot of things, but were wrong," she said.

"I would have liked to see some growth in the township this year, but it's not happening yet."

However, Levandosky thinks the township will be able meet its financial needs the rest of the year.

"I think so. I really do," she said. "We didn't have to take out the (tax) anticipation note this year."

As for what she thinks the audit will say, Levandosky is taking a wait-and-see attitude.

"I'm not going to say anything until I see the audit," she said. "But I'm hoping that it's good."

The Oct. 11 meeting of the township supervisors starts at 7 p.m. in the township building.

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