The Union of BC Municipalities has polled several local governments in a highly critical report on the province’s municipal Auditor General’s office.
The survey of 17 municipalities paints a damning picture of the office.
Municipal officials reported auditors didn’t know how municipalities worked leading to meandering audits with staff forced to answer repeated questions to fill in clueless auditors.
Matter of fact the UBCM survey found only one municipality out of the 17 polled agreed that the local government auditor’s office demonstrated any knowledge of how local governments work.
The problem was exacerbated by frequent turn over in the municipal Auditor General’s office leading to some audits having to be re-started from scratch.
A majority of the municipalities who were polled including Surrey, New Westminster, West Vancouver, and Victoria said audits were not completed on time if at all.
They also reported that no consideration seemed to have been given to the costs born by municipalities to help local government auditors.
The UBCM makes several recommendations including for auditors to have training so they understand how municipalities work before they audit them.
The Auditor for Local Government office was created in 2013 by the province.
Over a two years span it completed only three audits with a budget of five million dollars resulting in the firing of the local government Auditor General and a review of the office itself.
Read the UBCM survey HERE