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Financial audit for Natchez nearly 8 months overdue

NATCHEZ — Natchez’s annual financial audit for the 2013-2014 fiscal year is nearly eight months overdue.

The records for the 2013-2014 fiscal year didn’t reach independent auditor Deanne Tanksley’s office until Aug. 2015, The Natchez Democrat reported. Each year, the city is expected to send its financial records to Tanksley when the fiscal year ends in September.

Assistant city clerk Wendy McClain said Tanksley was making progress on the audit. She said once Tanksley finishes the audit, she will move on to the next audit for 2014-2015. McClain says those records are ready to be sent to Tanksley as soon her office is ready for them.

“I know that Deanne is getting close to finishing the 2013-2014 audit,” she said. “Once she finishes that one we will be moving right into the next audit for 2014-2015.”

Tanksley said in December that her health and bad bookkeeping from the previous city accountant made work on the audit difficult. During a board of aldermen meeting that same month, she said she expected to finish the audit in January.

City Clerk Donnie Holloway said an unexpected departure of a city accountant in June 2015 put the clerk’s office behind in preparing materials to send to the auditor.

McClain said the Gillon Group, an accounting consulting service, compiles the audit before returning it to the clerk’s office. The audit then goes to the Natchez Board of Aldermen for approval before it’s sent to the state auditor’s office in Jackson.

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