Mar 17, 2015

Commissioner's negotiating saves county $1,500

Commissioner Loren Grosskopf recently saved Park County $1,500 through some negotiating with its auditor.

Commissioner Loren Grosskopf
Last year, CliftonLarsonAllen threatened to back out of its auditing contract with the county. The firm’s primary complaint was they didn’t want to have to have to convert the county’s financial statements from a cash basis to the accrual basis required by governmental accounting standards, as it basically forces the firm to audit its own work.

CliftonLarsonAllen agreed to stay on when the county committed to improvements and agreed to as much as $7,500, on top of the $36,000 called for by the contract.

CliftonLarsonAllen ultimately billed the county an extra $6,500, but Grosskopf, a former certified public accountant, convinced the firm to drop the charge to $5,000.

The auditing firm wants further improvements to the county’s financial procedures, but the firm will be back next year, Grosskopf said at the commission's March 10 meeting.

“There will be absolutely no question about that,” he said.

Offered Commissioner Lee Livingston, “Good work.”

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