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Union Township audit to be unveiled Monday

| Tuesday, April 12, 2005

UNION TOWNSHIP - The long anticipated audit of the township's 2004 finances is completed.

And the figures will be announced at a special meeting 7 p.m. Monday.

At last night's regular monthly meeting of the township supervisors, Chairman Steve Parish announced that the audit conducted by the firm of Cypher and Cypher was complete and that the first open date the company was available to release the report was April 18.

So the board unanimously approved the special session to give the auditors a chance to report their findings.

Coincidentally, the supervisors will meet the following night with the state Department of Community Economic Development, which also wants to look at the 2004 audit.

Meanwhile, the township's sagging financial situation was laid out again Monday night by township secretary/treasurer Monica Cunningham, who reported that the township has $90,068 in unpaid bills.

That total does not include other township liabilities, such as monies owed to laid-off police officers as well as working officers and another $44,000 that must be paid back to a salt fund by the end of July.

Compounding the township's financial woes is that the general fund only has $57,945.

Parish noted that the next two payrolls coming up will eat approximately $44,000 of that balance.

"The next two payrolls are going to drain (the general fund) out," Parish said.

The supervisors approved paying bills totaling over $29,000 "as funds are available."

When Parish criticized the way township finances were handled in 2004 by saying he was never allowed to see any records, a member of the audience noted that Parish was a member of the board in 2004.

The chairman responded by saying all township records are public and should have never been held back from anyone to look at and inspect.

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