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Douglas County receives a 'clean audit'

Miranda Wendlandt, a certified public accountant with CliftonLarsonAllen, the county’s auditing firm, said the clean audit is the highest assurance the county can receive.

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DOUGLAS COUNTY — It was good news for the Douglas County commissioners at their regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 6. Douglas County received an unmodified or “clean” opinion on the county’s audit based on its financial statements.

Miranda Wendlandt, a certified public accountant with CliftonLarsonAllen, the county’s auditing firm, said the clean audit is the highest assurance the county can receive.

The Minnesota Office of the State Auditor recommends between three and five months of expenditures in the fund balance, and Douglas County is at 7.61 months. Wendlandt said the county has “very healthy fund balance levels” and a “very healthy general fund.”

The county’s revenues for 2021 were at about $57.3 million, which is a decrease of about $3.8 million from 2020 but still up about $3.1 million from 2019, said Wendlandt. Expenditures for 2021 were at about $61.3 million and in 2020, they were at about $67.7 million.

For the general fund revenues and expenditures, Wendlandt said the revenues have exceeded expenditures for the last five years.

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County commissioners did not approve the audit at Tuesday’s meeting as Wendlandt said she needed to wrap up the audit for county-owned Alomere Health first before they can finalize and then approve the full audit.

She noted that she just wanted to let the commissioners know right away that the county received a clean audit.

In other action

Douglas County commissioners approved the following items:

  • A $1,000 donation from LaGrand Township to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for the search and rescue dive team.
  • Resolution proclaiming Oct. 25, 2022, as Ollie’s Service Day in Douglas County. Ollie’s Service is this year’s Business Industrial Appreciation Day Award recipient.
  • Final plat of Hockerts Third Subdivision in Millerville Township. The three-lot plot was replatted and divided into just two plots.
  • Resolution in support of the Long Prairie River Comprehensive Watershed Shed Management Plan being submitted to the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources.
  • Disbursement of funds from the Douglas County Water Quality Legacy Fund for a wetland/natural environment lake restoration project with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The project proposes to make repairs to an existing outlet structure and dike plugging a drainage ditch constructed several decades ago. The larger project proposes to restore function to 18 prairie pothole basins at a total cost of $401,650. The Water Quality Legacy Fund amount is $30,000.
  • Resolution accepting the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources “Natural Resources Block Grant” septic treatment systems and upgrades.
  • Going out for bids on a parking lot layout project at Pilgrim Point Park on Lake Ida.
  • Application for Off-Sale Brewer License to Carlos Creek Winery doing business as 22 Northmen Brewery Company. The add-on license, which has no fee, allows small brewers to sell up to 128 ounces of off-sale beer per customer per day in any packaging that conforms to state and federal regulations.
  • Appropriation in the amount of $20,000 to the Douglas County Fair Board. The amount requested was $100,000, which, according to Don Kleine, president of the fair board, would have been used for repair and remodel work on buildings at the fairgrounds. Of the requested $100,000, Kleine said $25,000 would be used on the grandstand, $5,000 would be used for the cattle barn and $70,000 would be used for the game and fish building. Commissioners approved the $20,000 amount, which is the same amount as last year.
Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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