An annual review of Grays Harbor PUD finances and accountability by the Washington State Auditor’s office contained no material findings for the year 2016.  The final report, delivered to the PUD Board of Commissioners and staff last week, concluded that the District “has good controls and procedures in place for accountability areas that (were) audited.” 

In addition, the auditor found the utility financial statements fairly represented the financial position of the PUD and were “in accordance with the accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.”

While the review delivered a clean opinion of utility finances and accountability, a finding wasnoted by the Auditor related to the reporting of postemployment benefits which resulted in a deferred debt balance, but did not impact utility cash balances. 

“This finding centered on the application of an accounting principal the utility had been making consistently for eight years,” said Chief Financial Officer Kathryn Skolrood.  “Once discovered, we immediately corrected the error, a fact for which the Auditor commended the District for in the Audit Exit Conference.”

In the concluding statement, the Auditor found that “District operation complied with applicable requirements and provided adequate safeguarding of public resources.”  The report also found that the utility was in full compliance with state laws and regulations and its own internal policies and procedures in the areas examined by the state.

“I am very proud of our staff for the work they put into this report.  The state’s findings tell our employees and our customers that their utility is in good hands and that the public trust in their PUD is well placed,” said General Manager Dave Ward.


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