State Auditor releases re-audit report of City of Muscatine 2014-2015 finances

The City of Muscatine has received a copy of Auditor of State Mary Mosiman’s re-audit report on the City of Muscatine for the period of July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.  The re-audit report released today (July 27, 2017) also covered items applicable to the year ending June 30, 2016.

The re-audit was requested by Mayor Diana Broderson and was requested “…due to concerns regarding certain City officials’ and employees’ travel to China and the use of City resources for an event held by the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra”.

The City respects the State Auditor’s position and understands that the report uncovered no major issues, however, we disagree with all of the findings and recommendations.

The City finds it troubling that the Mayor’s request for re-audit took over a year to complete and involved over 100 hours of State Auditor staff time — costing taxpayers approximately $8,400 — to review allegations involving $4,192.69 in City charges.  In addition, the City incurred staff and legal costs to review and comment on the State Auditor’s report.  City staff time alone is estimated at over 40 hours — costing taxpayers approximately $2,200.

Mayor Broderson did not request any of the financial information contained in the State’s re-audit in advance of making her request to the State Auditor’s Office.

Given that many of the findings and recommendations are largely outside the scope of the State Auditor’s authority, and based upon our review of the re-audit, the City does not plan to make any adjustments to policies or procedures at this time.

See the re-audit documents below:

State of Iowa Re-audit Report

City of Muscatine Legal Opinion

City of Muscatine Responses to State Auditor Re-Audit