'We want to correct the issues'; Odon town board addresses audit

The Odon town board addressed the recent town audit.

Posted: Mar 18, 2019 11:18 PM

ODON, Ind. (WTHI) - Monday's Odon town board meeting had a general topic of discussion. Where does the town go from here?

Board member Doug Benjamin says, "That way we can keep track of where we are at on getting everything reconciled and where we are at on a dollar amount."

The town had many issues on its recent audit from the state board of accounts. One of those issues centered around the software that makes sure accounts match up. Benjamin proposed bringing in an outside consultant to make sure current numbers line up.

Benjamin says, "They will also assist in entering the numbers and setting up the new software."

The town would pay for the consultant's time. That led to some discussion from those in attendance.

One residented asked, "How is this in line with the corrective action, if we don't have the corrective action yet?"

Benjamin responded, "It's not in line with it, it's something we're wanting to do."

The board approved the action with two votes yes and one member abstaining.

Benjamin says, "It's a question of correcting the issues that's hanging over our head right now. We want to correct the issues. We want the answers. On what our balances are, where the money is at so that we can move on."

However, the town will move on with one less employee.

Odon deputy clerk Amanda Fuqua says, "It's been a pleasure to serve the people of Odon. But I am turning in my resignation letter today."

Fuqua resigned during public comment. In a statement to the board, Fuqua cited recent audit results and disagreements with the clerk for her leaving.

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