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—use Gary Hooser mug if we have it
Voters to decide on county
Council wants review authority
TGI Staff Writer
LIHU’E—The Kaua`i County Council hopes voters
agree that county departments and the handling of public money by the county
should be audited.
Council members Wednesday unanimously passed a
resolution proposing a charter amendment that would allow them to independently
audit county funds and accounts using a certified public accountant, if
The resolution, which also would allow the council to conduct
performance audits on county departments, will now go before the voters for
approval in the general election Nov. 7.
According to county clerk Peter A.
Nakamura, a simple majority of the voters is all that’s needed to make the
performance audit law.
Nakamura said that before this amendment, sponsored
by Councilman Gary Hooser, there was no mechanism in the county charter
allowing the council to audit the work being performed by county
If approved by the voters, performance audits could begin at
the council’s request 30 days after the election.
“This is an important
tool to evaluate efficiency” and promote accountability in the county budget,
Councilman Randal Valenciano commented, “When this first came
forward, I had some concerns. But even if we adopt this, we can still do
The resolution would allow the council “to at any
time provide for a performance audit of any or all of the offices, agencies,
departments, programs and operations for which the county is
The resolution also provides for “testing of county offices,
agencies, programs and departments” and of “the internal control systems of
offices, agencies…to ensure that such systems are properly designed to
safeguard public assets against loss from waste, fraud, or error.”
council’s Finance Committee last week recommended approval of the audit
There was little immediate reaction from department heads after
“I don’t have anything to hide. The real question is what
specific thing (on each audit) would they be going to use it for,” said Wally
Rezentes Jr., director of finance.
Police chief George Freitas could not be
reached for comment about the effect of the resolution, if any, on his
Staff writer Dennis Wilken can be reached at 245-3681
(ext. 252) and email@example.com