Audit faults Snohomish for records on federal grants

SNOHOMISH — The city needs to improve its documentation of how it uses federal money, according to two reports by the state Auditor’s Office.

In one of these reports, the auditor questioned whether $9,675 in federal money could be used to pay overtime to a police officer in 2011.

“Because there was no documentation as required by the grant, we can’t tell if this amount was allowable,” spokeswoman Mindy Chambers said.

The money came from a U.S. Department of Justice grant. The city had contacted the Department of Justice to notify it about the overtime costs, support services director Danny Weinberg said.

The Department of Justice did not request reimbursement, he said.

The report covered Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2011.

In a second report, the auditor’s office stated the city did not properly track and document the use of two electrical generators for the wastewater treatment plant in 2010.

The city had obtained a federal grant to pay for both generators, together valued at $44,000.

The city said the generators were being monitored since they were installed in November 2010, Weinberg said.

The auditor recommended a better tracking system, Chambers said.

This second report covered Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2010.

Both reports were made public in late September.

Alejandro Dominguez: 425-339-3422; adominguez @heraldnet.com.

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