The Cass County Commissioners have secured Cochran, Head and Vick to perform the county’s 2012 independent and single audits.
Commissioners made the decision during a regular meeting Aug. 1, a week after the firm turned in the county’s 2011 audit, despite concerns they had about the most recent audit being completed later than originally expected.
“I am in favor of renewing the contract with them even though the process did take quite a bit longer than we anticipated,” Presiding Commissioner Jeff Cox said. “The benefit I see in using the same company again is so we don’t have to start from scratch and go through all of the same stuff again even though I understand there was some frustrations on behalf of the commission on getting the document finished.”
The firm is to audit financial statements of governmental activities, business-type activities, each major fund, and the aggregate remaining fund information, which collectively comprises the basic financial statement for the year ending Dec. 31, 2012, by the end of Jan. 2014.
The fee for the services has been set at $70,555.
Associate Commissioner Jimmy Odom asked the commission to reevaluate the county’s auditing firm choice next year.
In other meeting business, commissioners approved a zoning application from Mickey and Lois Marie Roach to establish a minor subdivision and rezoning property from agriculture to residential-rural at Hembree Acres in Harrisonville.
The commission also approved the purchase of a new copy/fax machine for Presiding Judge William Collins at the cost of $5,368.