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October 13, 2012

County clerk to hire outside auditor

Tonawanda News — The Erie County Legislature approved County Clerk Christopher Jacobs’ recommendation to retain an accounting firm to recommend software and to complete an audit of the Land Records Division. 

“The Land Records Division processes over $60 million dollars per year, yet we account for these funds through a ‘home-made’ excel spreadsheet,” says Jacobs.

Jacobs wants an accounting package that will tie in with the existing software at the office. 

“We are also asking the firm to substantiate that we have accounted for all transactions appropriately over the last several years,” stated Jacobs. “I am not entirely comfortable saying that with the inadequate system that has been in place over the last few years.”

Jacobs has been drawing attention to the weak accounting practices in his office, due to thousands of unprocessed checks and documents he had to deal with when he assumed the role in January.

The legislature approved Tranconi, Segarra & Associates for the project. The cost is not to exceed $25,000 of existing budget money to be identified by Jacobs.

“(Spending) $25,000 to make sure $60 million is accurately accounted for is money well spent,” Jacobs said.

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